Joakim Noah is playing great, but will that make him an All Star?
Noah has shone in the absence of the injured Derrick Rose this season and since the trade of Luol Deng. Carrying more of the load at both ends of the court, Noah has impressed fans in Chicago with his work ethic and his statistical output. But there are a lot of things that go into getting a spot on an NBA All-Star team. Noah has proven it to the fans, but has he proved it to the coaches who could determine whether or not he suits up for the Eastern Conference in New Orleans?
ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell joined SportsNet Central prior to Saturday's 103-78 Bulls win over the Sixers — a game in which Noah had 21 points and 16 rebounds — and gave a resounding yes.
"I fully expect him to be in New Orleans," Friedell told Jen Lada. "He's become the focal point for this team again offensively and defensively. And that leadership role that Derrick Rose and Luol Deng the last couple seasons, Joakim has had to slide into. There's a lot of respect for him around the league, there's a lot of respect for Tom Thibodeau around the league, and in the end I think the coaches will put him on this All-Star team."
It remains to be seen whether Noah can make the team, but if he does it will be his second straight All-Star appearance.
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