Over the course of the 2013-14 NBA season, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah proved himself as the leader of the team with Derrick Rose injured earlier in the year. However, he demonstrated throughout the year that he is much more than just a good player—he’s a super star.
After the end of the regular season, Noah was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year award. After all, the Bulls were at the top of the league in defense and Noah was clearly the biggest reason for that. He averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds during the year, while also averaging near two blocks per game.
But the accolades didn’t stop for Noah there. On Monday, the NBA announced the All-Defensive team that featured Noah on the first team. Noah led all players by far in votes, 105 votes out of a possible 123, making it to his second consecutive All-Defensive first-team list. The votes are made by writers and broadcasters around the league. Bulls teammate Jimmy Butler also cracked the second team for the first time in his career.
Two days later, the league announced their All-NBA team which featured Noah on the first team yet again. Noah received 101 total votes for the team, only behind MVP Kevin Durant (125) and MVP runner-up LeBron James (124) in votes. Finishing just behind Durant and James in All-NBA voting only solidifies Noah’s status in the NBA as a superstar.
With the Bulls expected to have Rose return alongside Noah, and with the possible addition of many free agents, Chicago could have a lot to cheer about next season. Noah will only improve on his stellar season with better pieces surrounding him as well.