Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Deserves Defensive Player of the Year Award
Two years in a row, the Chicago Bulls have been greatly impacted by injuries to multiple players on the team, especially Derrick Rose. Despite the lack of anticipated star power, Chicago has still been able to maintain an outstanding record 48-34 record. Now, 48-34 may not seem so glamorous on paper, but with all of the adversity Chicago has faced, it is a pretty solid record.
Perhaps, the best center in the NBA, Joakim Noah has taken his Bulls to this successful season by doing a little bit of everything. He was able to record four triple-doubles this season, something which is very uncharacteristic for a center in today’s NBA. Passing and scoring may not have anything to do with defense, however, when considering how well-rounded Noah’s game is, he most definitely deserved one of the major awards this year.
Noah has been counted on as the leader both on and off the floor, with his intensity as well as his drive to win. He is a fearless center who will gladly guard anybody he is asked to, while doing every single thing in his power to be his absolute best. He was able to catch the attention of fans across the nation when he basically shut down LeBron James and the Miami Heat in a regular season matchup weeks ago. This game was a real turning point, as Noah recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocks, holding James to a pedestrian 17 points on 8-23 shooting.
Furthermore, during Noah’s reaction interview to the award, he remained humble, giving his teammates the majority of the credit. He recognized this by stating, “This award is a team award.” Of course he is correct, but let’s give the man credit for how well he carried this Bulls team to capture the fourth seed. All things considered, no player was better suited to receive this award. Let’s just hope he can carry this play into the playoffs.