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Joakim Noah

29-Year-Old    C,PF    Chicago Bulls

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

12.6

REB

11.3

AST

5.4

STL

1.2

BLK

1.5

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 minut...

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HT: 6' 11"   WT: 230 lbs   DOB: 2/25/1985  College: Florida   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #9 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year, $60 million extension in October 2010

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Noah scored seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 27 minutes Thursday against the Hawks.

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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
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Joakim Noah – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Center

1.  Joakim Noah

2.  Pau Gasol

3.  Taj Gibson

4.  Nazr Mohammed

5.  Cameron Bairstow

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True Shooting Percentage

53.1%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Joakim Noah had a true shooting percentage of 53.1%.

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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
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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
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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
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Joakim Noah 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 29 WAS 43 6 18 7 2 3 4 3 8 0 2 0 0 2 16 1
Apr 27 at WAS 40 10 15 5 1 2 3 4 9 2 3 0 0 5 10 4
Apr 25 at WAS 41 6 9 4 2 0 4 2 4 2 6 0 0 1 8 6
Apr 22 WAS 46 20 12 3 0 2 5 8 14 4 4 0 0 2 10 5
Apr 20 WAS 40 10 10 4 0 0 3 4 6 2 2 0 0 5 5 3
Apr 16 at CHA 42 14 13 6 1 2 2 7 16 0 0 0 0 1 12 4
Apr 14 ORL 37 18 10 8 2 1 0 7 16 4 5 0 0 4 6 0
Apr 13 at NYK 40 13 17 9 1 1 4 2 5 9 11 0 0 4 13 4
Apr 11 DET 40 6 12 10 2 3 3 2 10 2 2 0 0 2 10 4
Apr 9 at MIN 41 15 13 10 1 2 3 7 13 1 2 0 0 5 8 4
Apr 5 at WAS 36 21 12 3 0 1 1 9 13 3 3 0 0 4 8 3
Apr 4 MIL 38 11 13 4 2 0 5 2 14 7 9 0 0 6 7 3
Apr 2 at ATL 38 10 10 6 2 0 1 5 10 0 0 0 0 2 8 4
Mar 31 BOS 39 19 10 5 2 2 3 9 19 1 1 0 1 4 6 2
Mar 30 at BOS 37 13 8 13 1 1 4 3 6 7 10 0 0 2 6 3
Mar 28 POR 38 11 10 6 2 0 3 5 12 1 2 0 0 5 5 3
Mar 24 IND 35 10 8 8 4 3 2 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 8 5
Mar 22 PHI 38 20 8 4 1 3 5 6 10 8 9 0 0 2 6 5
Mar 21 at IND 38 12 13 6 4 0 3 5 15 2 2 0 0 4 9 4
Mar 19 at PHI 38 14 10 6 1 4 5 6 12 2 4 0 0 4 6 2
Mar 17 OKC 36 9 12 9 2 1 0 2 8 5 7 0 0 4 8 2
Mar 15 SAC 41 23 11 8 3 5 2 9 15 5 6 0 0 1 10 3
Mar 13 HOU 35 13 10 9 2 0 1 3 6 7 7 0 0 4 6 5
Mar 11 SAS 31 13 8 7 0 2 2 4 9 5 6 0 0 2 6 2
Mar 9 MIA 42 20 12 7 0 4 1 9 16 2 4 0 0 6 6 3
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Mar 7 MEM 40 15 8 6 1 2 6 6 9 3 4 0 0 0 8 3
Mar 5 at DET 35 10 11 11 0 2 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 1 10 3
Mar 3 at BKN 35 10 6 1 2 0 6 5 8 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
Mar 2 NYK 37 13 12 14 2 2 1 4 10 5 8 0 0 5 7 0
Feb 28 at DAL 37 10 9 4 2 1 5 4 8 2 3 0 0 0 9 5
Feb 26 GSW 33 8 17 7 1 1 4 3 10 2 2 0 0 6 11 2
Feb 25 at ATL 37 20 12 3 3 0 1 9 13 2 4 0 0 4 8 0
Feb 23 at MIA 40 20 15 3 0 4 2 7 11 6 7 0 0 5 10 4
Feb 21 DEN 28 14 11 5 1 3 2 4 6 6 6 0 0 3 8 1
Feb 19 at TOR 37 8 4 13 0 1 3 3 7 2 4 0 0 1 3 2
Feb 13 BKN 33 14 13 7 0 2 2 6 10 2 3 0 0 3 10 4
Feb 11 ATL 41 19 16 11 0 3 1 8 15 3 6 0 0 6 10 2
Feb 9 at LAL 41 20 13 3 2 3 3 6 10 8 8 0 0 4 9 5
Feb 6 at GSW 39 7 10 11 0 1 4 3 9 1 2 0 0 4 6 2
Feb 4 at PHO 37 14 14 2 1 1 3 7 10 0 0 0 0 2 12 1
Feb 3 at SAC 19 4 4 2 1 0 2 1 6 2 2 0 0 1 3 3
Feb 1 at NOP 37 14 16 5 1 1 4 5 9 4 8 0 0 7 9 5
Jan 29 at SAS 40 10 10 8 0 4 2 5 12 0 0 0 0 4 6 2
Jan 27 MIN                                
Jan 25 at CHA 40 11 10 8 1 1 3 4 14 3 6 0 0 1 9 3
Jan 24 LAC 34 12 13 7 0 1 1 6 9 0 0 0 0 9 4 5
Jan 22 at CLE 39 9 18 6 1 2 4 3 7 3 4 0 0 3 15 2
Jan 20 LAL 42 17 21 6 2 0 4 6 16 5 8 0 0 7 14 5
Jan 18 PHI 31 21 16 3 2 4 2 9 14 3 3 0 0 4 12 2
Jan 17 at WAS 33 9 12 6 1 0 2 2 5 5 6 0 0 4 8 4
Jan 15 at ORL 49 26 19 6 2 2 4 9 16 8 10 0 0 7 12 3
Jan 13 WAS 37 8 16 3 2 1 3 2 5 4 6 0 0 5 11 4
Jan 11 CHA 34 19 14 4 0 3 2 7 12 5 5 0 0 4 10 3
Jan 10 at MIL 35 8 10 7 2 2 3 2 5 4 6 0 0 1 9 2
Jan 7 PHO 36 14 16 6 1 1 3 5 15 4 6 0 0 5 11 3
Jan 4 ATL 34 10 12 2 0 5 3 3 7 4 6 0 0 3 9 2
Jan 2 BOS 34 17 11 9 1 1 2 6 13 5 6 0 1 6 5 2
Dec 31 TOR 34 7 16 6 1 1 1 2 10 3 4 0 0 6 10 4
Dec 30 at MEM 32 8 10 0 3 3 4 2 9 4 5 0 0 3 7 4
Dec 28 DAL 37 20 10 3 1 1 2 8 11 4 5 0 0 3 7 2
Dec 25 at BKN 34 10 8 3 2 0 3 3 8 4 4 0 0 2 6 4
Dec 21 CLE 31 11 18 3 2 0 2 4 11 3 3 0 0 5 13 1
Dec 19 at OKC 29 23 12 3 2 1 4 8 17 7 8 0 0 4 8 1
Dec 18 at HOU 32 6 10 3 0 1 2 3 8 0 2 0 0 3 7 4
Dec 16 ORL 33 13 8 4 2 0 0 4 9 5 6 0 0 1 7 3
Dec 14 TOR 35 10 12 4 1 2 1 4 10 2 2 0 0 4 8 4
Dec 13 at MIL 35 21 18 5 3 3 2 10 15 1 2 0 0 9 9 5
Dec 11 at NYK 37 12 11 4 0 3 5 3 5 6 8 0 0 5 6 3
Dec 10 MIL                                
Dec 7 DET 29 2 9 2 0 4 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 4 5 2
Dec 5 MIA 33 17 15 3 1 0 0 6 9 5 6 0 0 3 12 2
Dec 2 NOP 50 19 10 4 0 1 3 8 12 3 5 0 0 4 6 3
Nov 30 at CLE 37 4 8 7 1 1 0 2 10 0 2 0 0 3 5 3
Nov 27 at DET 34 13 5 3 1 0 1 6 11 1 3 0 0 3 2 3
Nov 25 at UTA 33 10 13 0 0 1 2 4 8 2 4 0 0 6 7 6
Nov 24 at LAC 22 8 4 2 0 0 1 4 6 0 2 0 0 1 3 1
Nov 22 at POR 27 7 2 3 1 1 2 3 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 3
Nov 21 at DEN 33 11 12 8 0 1 1 4 10 3 4 0 0 7 5 3
Nov 18 CHA 35 11 7 3 0 1 2 4 11 3 4 0 0 3 4 4
Nov 16 IND 32 4 7 6 2 0 1 1 6 2 4 0 0 1 6 6
Nov 15 at TOR 33 18 9 3 1 0 3 7 10 4 4 0 0 3 6 2
Nov 11 CLE 27 10 6 1 3 1 2 4 5 2 2 0 0 1 5 5
Nov 8 UTA 25 14 8 1 1 1 3 6 9 2 4 0 0 4 4 3
Nov 6 at IND 27 4 8 4 1 1 2 0 2 4 4 0 0 4 4 5
Nov 2 at PHI 32 10 9 3 2 1 1 4 11 2 2 0 0 2 7 1
Oct 31 NYK 36 6 15 5 1 1 1 2 7 2 2 0 0 4 11 4
Oct 29 at MIA 20 2 11 2 2 2 2 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 9 2

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Joakim Noah: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Noah scored 10 points (3-4 FG, 4-5 FT) to go along with four rebounds, three assists and one block in 24 minutes Saturday against the Bucks.

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Noah could play in the second half of Saturday's game against the Bucks, depending on how he feels before the game, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports.

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Noah will sit out Tuesday's preseason game against the Pistons, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports.

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Noah played 14 minutes Monday against the Wizards and scored two points (1-6 FG) to go along with four rebounds and one steal.

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Noah (knee) said he will likely have to wear a knee brace the entire season, ESPN Chicago reports.

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Noah (knee) said he has not been 100 percent healthy in years but is feeling good so far in practice, ESPN Chicago reports.

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Noah (knee) practiced fully Tuesday, the ESPN Chicago reports.

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Noah (knee) hopes that he's unlimited during training camp following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on May 1. "It's going to be a grueling season," he said Monday. "This is the first time I've had surgery on my knee. I'm hoping there are no limitations."

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Noah (knee) continues to rehab from arthroscopic surgery and said he feels “great”, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Noah (knee) is “doing well”, but he hasn’t started to run again yet, ESPN Chicago reports.

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Noah (knee) was named to the All-NBA first team, ESPN Chicago reports.

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Noah (knee) was voted to the NBA All-Defensive first team, ESPN Chicago reports.

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2014-15

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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.