Does Joakim Noah deserve to go to the All-Star Game?
It's a no-brainer if you ask Bulls analyst Stacey King, but what do others think?
Pro Basketball Talk's DJ Foster made his selections for the Eastern Conference All-Star squad Friday, and Noah was included among the East reserves.
Citing the center's excellent performance despite a disappointing campaign from the team, what with the injury to Derrick Rose and the trade of Luol Deng, Foster had this to say regarding Noah's inclusion:
"I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself for leaving Noah off my ballot. Somehow, despite everything, the Bulls still have the second best defense in the league in terms of efficiency, and it’s Noah making that happen. With overall numbers very similar to his All-Star campaign last year, Noah should just squeeze in as a hat-tip to his undying effort, even in a clearly lost season."
Through 36 games this season, Noah is averaging 11.5 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. He ranks seventh in the league in rebounds per game (second in the East) and ranks in the top 10 in scoring among centers (sixth in the East).
The Bulls center has some stiff big-man competition in the East, though. Indiana's Roy Hibbert, Miami's Chris Bosh and Detroit's Andre Drummond all made Foster's team, as well. Plus, he listed Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Charlotte's Al Jefferson as potential candidates.
If Noah lands on the team, it'll be his second straight All-Star appearance.