Starting Lineups: Joakim Noah Is The Best Center In The NBA (And It’s Not Even Close)

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It’s been stated on this very site that the elite big men in the NBA have gone missing, but I think it’s time to re-examine that issue.

Are the days of big men getting 30 points and 15 rebounds on a nightly basis gone forever? Probably, but the game has also evolved a bit, and big men are now having to find new ways to contribute to their teams’ success. When it comes to the center position, this contribution has become harder and harder to come across. Thankfully, we’ve got Joakim Noah to lean on, and on a Sunday afternoon when the NBA forced bad Spanish upon the masses, the former teammate of Lenny Cooke proved to the world that he might be the best center in the game.

“I think that he’s playing phenomenal. I think that he could have had a couple more triple-doubles this year if he really wanted to. He’s so unselfish as far as his rebounding ability every night. And his scoring ability now this year, I think that he could do that every night. He’s having a hell of a year. He’s pushing us, we’re pushing him. We’re having fun. We’re making each other better. And the sky’s the limit for him. He still hasn’t even reached his ceiling yet.” — Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson

This quote was uttered after Noah posted an egregiously awesome 13-point, 12-rebound, 14-assist, 2-steal, 2-block box score. In the current day of the NBA where Dwight Howard told the world that he only can thrive when his teammates “throw the ball at the rim,” where Marc Gasol’s been in and out the lineup all season and Roy Hibbert’s only as good as his verticality will allow him to be, Noah might have the edge over all of them. At the very least, he does for the 2013-14 season.

The Chicago Bulls embarrassed the embarrassing New York Knicks 109-90 on Sunday, and with every week becoming more crucial as the end of the NBA season draws near, Los Bulls (Toros?) seem destined for a No. 3 or No. 4 seed. (Plus they got The Jimmer off the waiver wire?) Don’t be surprised if you see Indiana or Miami jockeying for position to not only get the home-court advantage in the East, but they also just might try and avoid Chicago in the second round. This is all because of Joakim Simon Noah. All hail.

Props to Oakley and Allen for the dope mix of Noah’s performance Sunday. Here’s your pertinent reading material for Monday. Get that week started off right.

L.A. Lakers providing a Forum for players needing a second chance — SB Nation

How Slaves Shaped American Cooking — National Geographic

On Iverson Vs. Garnett, Allen Iverson’s Last Game As A Free Man At Nike’s 1993 All Star Game — Smoking Section

The Secrets to Winning an Academy Award — The Atlantic

Rajon Rondo: A Self-Created Problem — Sports on Earth

Watch Paula Creamer make a 75-foot eagle putt to win in a playoff — For The Win

Air Jordans Account For How Much Of Money Spent On Sneakers On eBay?! — Sole Collector

Ken Jennings Talks to Arthur Chu About the Life of a Jeopardy! Master — Slate

Liverpool admits that Suarez had a release clause and Arsenal activated it — 7am Kickoff

White House Aide at Soiree Shows Comcast Reach for Deals – Bloomberg

5 Replies to “Starting Lineups: Joakim Noah Is The Best Center In The NBA (And It’s Not Even Close)”

  1. I said this earlier this year. Folks told me I was crazy. Watching him last year with a bad foot play with the heart he played with I could see that he was on another level. He has solidified himself as the best in the game at least for this year. I don’t know how long it will last but this year he wears the crown.

  2. Definitely so. He’s one of my favorite players in the league and any team would love to have Noah on their squad. Granted, I know D-Rose is out and Chicago isn’t looked at as an offensive juggernaut, but the fact Noah is leading Chicago in assists is outright crazy to me.

    I’m not saying he should win, but I’ll go as far to say he deserves some sort of MVP consideration. Even if he’s fifth in voting. He’s the unquestioned leader on that team. Even when Rose comes back, I still say Noah is the leader. Couple that with the fact he dominates a game in so many different areas it’s ridiculous.

  3. I gotta admit, I hated Noah when he was at Florida and carried that hatred over to when he joined the NBA. But man, the more I watch him, especially the past year or two, it’s impossible to hate his game. The man is a rebounding machine, excellent defender and one of the best passing bigs in the game. He gets better every year in ever facet and really is the glue that holds the Bulls together.

    He’s annoying as hell to play against, but Tins is right, he’s the type of guy you love if he’s on your team. And now, suddenly, he’s as good as it gets up front.

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