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Joakim Noah

32-Year-Old       New York Knicks

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

5.0

REB

8.8

AST

2.2

STL

0.7

BLK

0.8

2017-18 NBA Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Noah opened the 2016-17 campaign as the Knicks' starting center, but hamstring and knee injuries ultimately cut his season short. While he started every contest he played in, he was still limited to just 46 games, which marked back-to-back injury-plagued seasons following ju...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Suspension    EST. RETURN:  11/20/2017
HT: 6' 11"   WT: 232 lbs   DOB: 2/25/1985  College: Florida
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #9 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Joakim Noah Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2016.

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Noah (suspension) underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

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Joakim Noah NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 22 74 20.7 6.6 5.6 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.0 48.2 69.1 1.2 2.4 3.3 0.0 0.0 2.4 5.0 1.8 2.6
2008-09 23 80 24.2 6.7 7.6 1.3 0.6 1.4 0.0 55.6 67.6 1.0 3.1 4.5 0.0 0.0 2.6 4.7 1.5 2.3
2009-10 24 64 30.0 10.7 11.0 2.1 0.5 1.6 0.0 50.4 74.4 1.8 3.4 7.6 0.0 0.0 4.1 8.1 2.5 3.4
2010-11 25 CHI 48 32.8 11.7 10.4 2.2 1.0 1.5 0.0 52.5 73.9 1.9 3.8 6.6 0.0 0.0 4.4 8.4 2.9 3.9
2011-12 26 CHI 64 30.4 10.2 9.8 2.5 0.6 1.4 0.0 50.8 74.8 1.4 3.8 6.0 0.0 0.0 3.9 7.7 2.4 3.2
2012-13 27 CHI 66 36.8 11.9 11.1 4.0 1.2 2.1 0.0 48.1 75.1 2.7 3.9 7.2 0.1 0.0 4.6 9.5 2.7 3.6
2013-14 28 CHI 80 35.3 12.6 11.3 5.4 1.2 1.5 0.0 47.5 73.7 2.4 3.5 7.7 0.0 0.0 4.8 10.0 3.1 4.2
2014-15 29 CHI 67 30.6 7.2 9.6 4.7 0.7 1.1 0.0 44.5 60.3 1.8 3.3 6.4 0.0 0.0 2.8 6.4 1.6 2.6
2015-16 30 CHI 29 21.9 4.3 8.8 3.8 0.6 1.0 0.0 38.3 48.9 1.8 3.0 5.8 0.0 0.0 1.8 4.6 0.8 1.6
2016-17 31 NYK 46 22.1 5.0 8.8 2.2 0.7 0.8 0.0 49.0 43.6 1.3 3.5 5.2 0.0 0.0 2.2 4.4 0.7 1.7
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2016-17 NBA Game Log   Joakim Noah
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Feb 27 TOR 91-92 Did Not Play
Feb 25 PHI 110-109 Did Not Play
Feb 23 @CLE 119-104 Did Not Play
Feb 15 @OKC 116-105 Did Not Play
Feb 12 SAS 94-90 Did Not Play
Feb 10 DEN 123-131 Did Not Play
Feb 8 LAC 115-119 Did Not Play
Feb 6 LAL 107-121 Did Not Play
Feb 4 CLE 104-111 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Feb 1 @BKN 90-95 13 3 7 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 6 1
Jan 31 @WAS 117-101 15 0 4 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
Jan 27 CHA 110-107 12 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jan 25 @DAL 103-95 19 3 8 2 0 0 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 2 6 1
Jan 23 @IND 103-109 12 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 5 2
Jan 21 PHO 105-107 20 0 15 3 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 8 3
Jan 19 WAS 110-113 Did Not Play
Jan 18 @BOS 106-117 Did Not Play
Jan 16 ATL 107-108 33 7 17 3 1 2 1 2 3 3 5 0 0 7 10 5
Jan 15 @TOR 116-101 23 1 7 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 3 4 3
Jan 12 CHI 104-89 27 12 16 1 0 1 3 6 10 0 0 0 0 9 7 3
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Jan 11 @PHI 98-97 20 7 6 0 2 1 0 3 6 1 1 0 0 3 3 4
Jan 9 NOP 96-110 18 4 10 2 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 4
Jan 7 @IND 123-109 21 4 6 3 1 0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 2 4 2
Jan 6 @MIL 111-116 20 8 9 1 0 0 4 4 6 0 0 0 0 5 4 6
Jan 4 MIL 104-105 31 8 16 2 0 1 0 4 7 0 2 0 0 7 9 5
Jan 2 ORL 103-115 33 8 10 2 2 2 1 3 7 2 4 0 0 5 5 1
Dec 31 @HOU 129-122 29 15 16 2 1 1 0 7 10 1 3 0 0 4 12 2
Dec 30 @NOP 104-92 16 0 6 2 0 2 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 3
Dec 28 @ATL 102-98 38 14 16 3 2 1 1 5 8 4 4 0 0 6 10 3
Dec 25 BOS 114-119 28 8 12 2 0 0 0 3 4 2 3 0 0 5 7 4
Dec 22 ORL 106-95 22 6 7 1 2 0 3 2 5 2 2 0 0 4 3 2
Dec 20 IND 118-111 30 11 11 2 0 2 1 4 8 3 4 0 0 2 9 4
Dec 17 @DEN 127-114 11 2 5 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
Dec 15 @GSW 103-90 15 6 10 1 0 1 1 3 10 0 0 0 0 6 4 2
Dec 13 @PHO 113-111 22 8 8 3 1 1 4 3 5 2 7 0 0 2 6 3
Dec 11 @LAL 112-118 20 4 3 4 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Dec 9 @SAC 100-103 28 4 9 1 1 2 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 1 8 4
Dec 7 CLE 94-126 15 5 6 2 0 0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 2 4 1
Dec 6 @MIA 103-114 14 10 10 2 0 0 0 5 6 0 0 0 0 7 3 4
Dec 4 SAC 106-98 25 2 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 2 3 5
Dec 2 MIN 118-114 Did Not Play
Nov 30 @MIN 104-106 Did Not Play
Nov 28 OKC 103-112 26 2 3 4 1 4 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 5
Nov 26 @CHA 107-102 12 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Nov 25 CHA 113-111 18 6 9 1 1 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 4 5 3
Nov 22 POR 107-103 Did Not Play
Nov 20 ATL 104-94 Did Not Play
Nov 17 @WAS 119-112 19 2 8 2 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
Nov 16 DET 105-102 25 7 15 3 1 3 1 3 7 1 6 0 0 7 8 2
Nov 14 DAL 93-77 15 0 6 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 2 0
Nov 12 @TOR 118-107 33 4 18 1 2 0 1 2 9 0 2 0 0 8 10 2
Nov 11 @BOS 115-87 22 9 10 2 1 3 3 4 5 1 1 0 0 3 7 0
Nov 9 BKN 110-96 21 2 7 4 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Nov 6 UTA 109-114 20 4 5 2 1 1 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
Nov 4 @CHI 104-117 35 16 9 4 3 0 0 7 11 2 2 0 1 3 6 4
Nov 2 HOU 99-118 18 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 1
Nov 1 @DET 102-89 31 2 12 8 0 2 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 7 5
Oct 29 MEM 111-104 22 6 10 7 0 1 4 2 2 2 6 0 0 1 9 6
Oct 25 @CLE 117-88 20 0 6 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

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True Shooting Percentage

49.1%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Joakim Noah had a true shooting percentage of 49.1%.

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Joakim Noah NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 22 74 36.0 11.5 9.8 2.0 1.6 1.5 0.0 48.2 69.1 2.1 4.1 5.7 0.0 0.0 4.2 8.6 3.1 4.6
2008-09 23 80 36.0 10.0 11.3 2.0 0.9 2.0 0.0 55.6 67.6 1.5 4.5 6.7 0.0 0.0 3.8 6.9 2.3 3.4
2009-10 24 64 36.0 12.9 13.2 2.5 0.6 1.9 0.0 50.4 74.4 2.2 4.1 9.1 0.0 0.0 4.9 9.7 3.1 4.1
2010-11 25 CHI 48 36.0 12.8 11.4 2.4 1.1 1.6 0.0 52.5 73.9 2.1 4.2 7.2 0.0 0.0 4.8 9.2 3.2 4.3
2011-12 26 CHI 64 36.0 12.1 11.6 3.0 0.8 1.7 0.0 50.8 74.8 1.7 4.5 7.2 0.0 0.0 4.6 9.1 2.9 3.8
2012-13 27 CHI 66 36.0 11.6 10.9 3.9 1.2 2.1 0.0 48.1 75.1 2.6 3.9 7.0 0.1 0.0 4.5 9.3 2.6 3.5
2013-14 28 CHI 80 36.0 12.9 11.5 5.5 1.3 1.5 0.0 47.5 73.7 2.5 3.6 7.9 0.0 0.0 4.9 10.2 3.2 4.3
2014-15 29 CHI 67 36.0 8.5 11.3 5.5 0.8 1.3 0.0 44.5 60.3 2.2 3.8 7.5 0.0 0.0 3.3 7.5 1.8 3.1
2015-16 30 CHI 29 36.0 7.0 14.5 6.2 1.0 1.6 0.0 38.3 48.9 2.9 4.9 9.5 0.1 0.0 2.9 7.5 1.2 2.6
2016-17 31 NYK 46 36.0 8.2 14.3 3.7 1.1 1.3 0.0 49.0 43.6 2.1 5.7 8.5 0.0 0.0 3.5 7.2 1.2 2.8
2017-18 Projections 32 NYK 51 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 22 74 1533 488 416 84 68 64 0 48.2 69.1 89 174 242 1 0.0 177 367 134 194
2008-09 23 80 1938 537 606 106 49 110 0 55.6 67.6 82 244 362 1 0.0 207 372 123 182
2009-10 24 64 1923 687 705 132 32 100 0 50.4 74.4 117 220 485 0 0.0 262 520 163 219
2010-11 25 CHI 48 1576 561 498 107 48 72 0 52.5 73.9 90 182 316 1 0.0 211 402 139 188
2011-12 26 CHI 64 1945 652 629 160 41 92 0 50.8 74.8 92 242 387 1 0.0 249 490 154 206
2012-13 27 CHI 66 2426 784 733 262 78 141 0 48.1 75.1 176 260 473 5 0.0 303 630 178 237
2013-14 28 CHI 80 2820 1007 900 431 99 121 0 47.5 73.7 194 282 618 2 0.0 380 800 247 335
2014-15 29 CHI 67 2049 485 646 312 48 74 0 44.5 60.3 123 219 427 2 0.0 190 427 105 174
2015-16 30 CHI 29 635 124 255 110 18 29 0 38.3 48.9 52 87 168 1 0.0 51 133 22 45
2016-17 31 NYK 46 1015 232 403 103 30 37 0 49.0 43.6 58 162 241 1 0.0 99 202 34 78
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Joakim Noah NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2007-08 22 74 20.7 53.9 48.2 13.4 14.2 0.9 10.6
2008-09 23 80 24.2 59.4 55.6 16.6 12.8 1.3 13.8
2009-10 24 64 30.0 55.7 50.4 15.3 13.5 1.1 19.1
2010-11 25 CHI 48 32.8 57.9 52.5 15.7 13.2 1.2 19.9
2011-12 26 CHI 64 30.4 56.1 50.8 19.2 11.0 1.7 18.6
2012-13 27 CHI 66 36.8 53.4 48.1 22.3 15.0 1.5 21.8
2013-14 28 CHI 80 35.3 53.1 47.5 27.4 12.3 2.2 23.2
2014-15 29 CHI 67 30.6 48.2 44.5 33.2 13.1 2.5 17.0
2015-16 30 CHI 29 21.9 40.6 38.3 34.9 16.5 2.1 13.1
2016-17 31 NYK 46 22.1 49.1 49.0 25.9 14.6 1.8 13.0
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Joakim Noah: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Noah is expected to have surgery for a torn left rotator cuff and will miss four-to-six months, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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The NBA's independent doctor cleared Noah (knee) to play, so he'll begin serving his 20-game suspension Wednesday against the Heat, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

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Noah (knee) was able to practice Tuesday and could be cleared to begin his 20-game suspension during Wednesday's game against the Heat, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

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Noah will receive a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Noah (knee) is set to resume strength training Monday, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

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Noah underwent an arthroscopic procedure Monday to remove a loose body from his left knee and will be reevaluated in three-to-four weeks, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

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Noah (hamstring) is likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Noah (hamstring) won't play Saturday against the 76ers, Steve Popper of The Record reports.

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Noah (hamstring) is listed as doubtful to play in Saturday's game against the 76ers, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

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Noah (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

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Noah (hamstring) sat out practice Tuesday.

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Noah (hamstring) won't play Wednesday against the Thunder, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

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2017-18

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2016-17

A favorite of former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for his defensive intensity, Noah wasn't nearly as welcomed last season by first-year head man Fred Hoiberg, whose desire to implement a more up-tempo, space-oriented offensive attack made Noah an awkward fit. After losing his spot on the top unit to Nikola Mirotic in training camp, Noah would stick in a bench role for most of the year, starting in only two games and averaging 21.9 minutes per game, his fewest since his rookie year. While he remained a force on the defensive end (8.8 boards and 1.0 block per game) and a skilled passer (3.8 assists per game), Noah's scoring and shooting sunk to career-worst levels. The 6-foot-11 center averaged just 4.3 points on a miserable 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 48.9 percent shooting from the free-throw line. Noah looked poised to turn the corner after turning in a 21-point outing Dec. 19, but just one game later, he suffered a slight tear in his left shoulder that would sideline him for three weeks. He returned in January, but again fell victim to injury shortly thereafter, dislocating the same shoulder and requiring season-ending surgery after just 29 games played. Following the injury-plagued campaign, Noah never seriously considered re-signing with the Bulls in free agency and instead agreed to a deal with the Knicks, who signed him to a four-year, $72 million deal. With his new squad, Noah is locked in as the starting center and is expected to provide the team with some toughness on the interior, freeing up promising second-year power forward Kristaps Porzingis to focus his efforts on the offensive end. When he's on the floor, Noah, who said in August that he's fully recovered from the surgery, should remain a strong source of rebounds, blocks and assists, and figures to see his field-goal percentage rebound at least a little bit after it sunk to an abnormally low level the year before. That being said, Noah's lack of durability and declining impact as a scorer have really damaged his fantasy value the last two seasons, and could both remain issues as he approaches his 32nd birthday in February.

2015-16

Noah entered last season coming off of an All-Star campaign and winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award. However, he had offseason knee surgery and was on a minutes restriction for a good part of the season. Noah finished the season averaging 7.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 31 minutes per game. His percentages took a hit as well as he shot only 45 percent from the field and 60 percent from the charity stripe. The emotional leader of the team, Noah often looked frustrated and didn't provide the energy everyone has come accustomed to. He is an excellent passer and provided a lot of assists again from the center position last season, but he didn't seem to mesh with newly-acquired Pau Gasol. Noah enters this season with a full summer of rest and looking to get back to his All-Star ways, but he'll have to do that under new coach Fred Hoiberg. Noah was a favorite of former coach Tom Thibodeau and played big minutes under him when healthy. Hoiberg is expected to run a more offensive-minded system, which might not fit Noah's style very well. If Hoiberg decides to go small, it's possible Noah may find himself coming off the bench.

2014-15

By this point, Noah has solidified himself as one of the most productive all-around big men in the NBA. The defensive stalwart is entering his eighth season in the NBA. Last season, Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 35 minutes per game while playing in 80 contests. The center was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year and received his second All-Star nod. Noah upped his assist total significantly for the second straight season, defining himself as one of the best passing big men in the NBA. With Derrick Rose returning, Noah won't be relied upon to set up his teammates as much, but the increase in assists is encouraging, nonetheless. The knock on Noah has always been his ability to score around the basket, and there's little reason to believe that he'll ever develop into a threatening offensive player. The center shot just 48 percent from the field last season, which ranked fourth-to-last among qualified centers. Don't expect his production on the glass to change dramatically, despite the departure of Carlos Boozer. Boozer and his replacement, Pau Gasol, had nearly identical rebound and usage rates last season. If energy and passion were measured in fantasy, Noah would be among the elite. Unfortunately, his contributions to the Bulls' success often doesn't appear in the box score.

2013-14

By this point, Noah has solidified himself as one of the most productive all-around big men in the NBA. The defensive stalwart is entering his eighth season in the NBA. Last season, Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 35 minutes per game while playing in 80 contests. The center was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year and received his second All-Star nod. Noah upped his assist total significantly for the second straight season, defining himself as one of the best passing big men in the NBA. With Derrick Rose returning, Noah won't be relied upon to set up his teammates as much, but the increase in assists is encouraging, nonetheless. The knock on Noah has always been his ability to score around the basket, and there's little reason to believe that he'll ever develop into a threatening offensive player. The center shot just 48 percent from the field last season, which ranked fourth-to-last among qualified centers. Don't expect his production on the glass to change dramatically, despite the departure of Carlos Boozer. Boozer and his replacement, Pau Gasol, had nearly identical rebound and usage rates last season. If energy and passion were measured in fantasy, Noah would be among the elite. Unfortunately, his contributions to the Bulls' success often doesn't appear in the box score.

2012-13

For the third consecutive season, Noah put together steady double-double production for the Bulls. The 27-year-old center finished the 2011-12 campaign with averages of 10.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while playing 30 minutes per game. He was healthy for the regular season – appearing in 64 of 66 games – but suffered an ankle injury during the Bulls’ first-round loss to the Sixers in the playoffs. The injury forced Noah to miss the final three games of the series and also put him on the shelf for the Summer Olympics, where he was supposed to play for France. The extra time off this summer is expected to allow Noah to make a full recovery before the start of the 2012-13 season. Once the season gets underway, Noah is expected to play the same energy role that we’ve seen from him in years past. The only difference this time around is the Bulls could ask Noah to assume a slightly bigger offensive load, as Derrick Rose (knee) is hurt and Carlos Boozer is on the decline. While Noah should be valued at a price close or equal to the past two years, there is potential for his production to grow slightly, so take that into account when targeting him.

2011-12

Prior to a thumb injury in mid-December, Noah was on pace for a career season. The 26-year-old center posted averages of 14.0 points, 11.7 rebounds 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks through the first 24 games. After returning from a two-month absence, Noah’s numbers dropped to 9.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks. Injuries are a concern with Noah going forward, as he has missed 52 out of 164 games over the past two seasons. None of his previous injuries appear to have potential for a lingering impact, but his propensity to get nicked up needs to be taken into account when targeting the Bulls big man. When healthy, though, Noah has proven to be a quality double-double option in fantasy. His offensive game isn’t pretty to watch, but he was surprisingly efficient (52.5 FG, 73.9 FT, 1.9 TO) last year and should be able to provide double-digit scoring going forward. Pair that with his rebounding and defensive production, and you have a solid all-around fantasy option at center that can be selected in the middle rounds of your draft.

2010-11

Despite modest scoring (10.7 ppg), Noah was one of the biggest steals in fantasy drafts last year, thanks to 11.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.6 blocks per game with solid shooting percentages (50.4 FG%, 74.4 FT%). But don't let those numbers fool you � there was a two-month stretch over February and March where a plantar fasciitis injury not only caused him to miss games but also deeply hampered his performance when on the court � he averaged just 16 minutes and five rebounds over this 12-game span. Bottom line, he might be Dwight Howard's biggest threat to lead the NBA in rebounding given a full year of health (though the addition of Carlos Boozer could admittedly lead to fewer boards). Some thought Noah was a stretch as a top-10 pick in the 2007 draft, but he's proven the doubters wrong, as he's a solid defender and remains an excellent passer.

2009-10

Noah’s strength lies in the energy he exudes onto the game. Unfortunately being an “energy” player doesn’t always translate into solid production, especially on the offensive end of the court. His jump shot is atrocious, but his tenacity for offensive rebounds gives him extra offensive possessions. While his offensive game lacks polish, and he lacks a reliable outside shot, Noah plays intelligently. He knows what he does well and efficiently uses those tools to create his production. Only 6 percent of his shot attempts were from the outside. The other 94 percent all came in the paint. Noah’s a gritty player whose energy and passion make him an intimidating defensive presence. The division of playing time between Tyrus Thomas, Brad Miller and Noah will significantly impact Noah’s production, but Noah’s coming out party in the playoffs last year has most likely solidified a starting role for him this season. His floor time jumped from 31 mpg in April to 38 mpg in the playoffs. Noah capitalized on the extra run and recorded dominant per-game rebounding (13.1) and block (2.1) numbers in the Bulls seven-game series with the Celtics. Noah is effective and produces without the basketball, an invaluable commodity when surrounded all of the scoring threats the Bulls have on their roster. He has low turnover numbers (1.03) and makes a respectable number of his free throw attempts (68%) for a big man.

2008-09

Noah fell into a great situation with the Bulls, a perimeter-based team with a need for a 7-footer that could defend. After Ben Wallace was traded Noah took full advantage of his increased opportunity to average more than nine points, seven boards, 51 percent field-goal shooting and more than a block and a steal per in 31 games as a starter. Noah is a high-energy player on both sides of the ball, disrupting passing lanes and blocking shots on defense while diving to the rim and crashing the boards on offense. He’s also a surprisingly good passer for a big man, having been a guard in high school, so he should eventually improve on his 1.1 apg.

2007-08

Noah was a great college player, but he’ll face significant challenges before he can become a fantasy relevant pro. In a best case scenario, Noah projects as an energy player that could potentially produce double-doubles with solid defensive stats and maybe even a few assists. In reality, Noah was drafted to a Bulls team that already has talented defensive/energy players at his position in Ben Wallace and Tyrus Thomas, and he missed summer-league play to rehab a slight tear in his rotator cuff. Moreover, his unimposing physique leads some NBA observers to believe that he’ll have trouble with the transition to the league. Look for Noah to struggle early, but if he does get enough minutes he seems to have the mindset, length and wiry quickness to overcome his smaller frame and become an effective pro. He could be a nice rebounds/blocks role player later in the season.