From Defensive Player of the Year, to being named to the First Team All-Defensive, and now… Joakim Noah’s remarkable season just got even more enhanced.
Noah was named to the First Team All-NBA on Wednesday; the first Bulls center to ever to win the award. However, he is the fourth Chicago Bull to earn this accomplishment, joining Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Derrick Rose.
The other players who accompanied Noah are: LeBron James, James Harden, Chris Paul, and Kevin Durant, who was voted in unanimously. The “heart and soul” of Chicago drew 101 first place votes out of 125; good enough for third behind Durant (125 votes), and LeBron James (124). Furthermore, because of the accomplishment, Noah was given a $500,000 raise; which still allowed the Bulls to avoid the luxury tax.
Noah had career highs in points (12.6), rebounds (11.3), and assists (5.4). He also tied for first with the most triple-doubles in the league. Additionally, among centers that qualified for the assist-per-game leader-board, he had the fourth-highest assist percentage ever and tied for the sixth-most assists per game. Names that join him on these lists are: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell. These stats are from basketball-reference.com. Interesting enough, before the Luol Deng trade, Noah averaged 3.5 assists, and after the trade… he averaged 6.6.
Congrats to Joakim Noah for the award, and the surprising, yet phenomenal season!
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