The Chicago Bulls have called for a press conference this afternoon at the same hotel in Lincolnshire, Ill where they announced that Derrick Rose had won the league MVP back in 2011. This time, they will be there to celebrate the MVP of their team from this season, Joakim Noah. The NBA is set to announce that Noah has won the 2014 Defensive Player of The Year Award, and deservedly so.
Noah is the unquestioned leader of this Bulls team that was able to ride his efforts to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference without the services of Rose or Luol Deng, who was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline. The anchor of the second-best defense in the league, Noah finished first in the NBA in Defensive Win Shares with 6.6. When this stat is combined with his 12.6 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.5 BLKPG and 1.2 STLPG, its not a surprise that Noah took home the hardware.
For most players, the numbers are the biggest stat, though with Noah his biggest impact to the game come merely from his energy on the court. He can absolutely impact every game with his try-hard attitude. With enough skill to be one of the better centers in the league, Noah is absolutely the hardest-working player in the NBA, and when you add that great work ethic to a good skill set, its easy to see why he is the best center in the game today.
Noah plays with so much energy, it’s almost contagious for the crowd. When the Bulls play at home, it helps build the noise in the building. As the crowd chants “M-V-P” for Noah, the United Center becomes a very tough place for opponents to play. Though this energy can not be quantified, just ask any Bulls fan who has been to a game this season. Noah is electrifying to be around.
Of course, Noah would trade this award in a heartbeat to get his hands on a Larry O’Brien trophy, though by winning this award, Noah has brought his team closer than anyone in Chicago could have hoped just a few short months ago.