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Joakim Noah
C - 6'11, 230lbs - 39 years old - 13 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2020 season
  • Birthdate: 02/25/1985
  • Drafted (NBA): 9th pick, 2007
  • Pre-draft team: Florida
  • Country: USA/France/Sweden
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2007 NBA DraftNBADrafted 9th overall by Chicago.
24th July, 2007NBASigned four year, $10,015,096 rookie scale contract with Chicago. Included team options for 2009/10 and 2010/11.
24th October, 2008NBAChicago exercised 2009/10 team option.
26th October, 2009NBAChicago exercised 2010/11 team option.
30th September, 2010NBASigned a five year, $60 million extension with Chicago.
8th July, 2016NBASigned a four year, $72.59 million contract with New York.
29th November, 2017G-LeagueAssigned by New York Knicks to Westchester Knicks of the G-League.
29th November, 2017G-LeagueRecalled by New York Knicks from Westchester Knicks of the G-League.
13th October, 2018NBAWaived by New York.
4th December, 2018NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Memphis.
Career Moves
2004 - 2007Florida (NCAA)
June 2007 - June 2016Chicago Bulls (NBA)
July 2016 - October 2018New York Knicks (NBA)
December 2018 - presentMemphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Articles about Joakim Noah

June 29, 2017

Joakim Noah
C, 6’11, 230lbs, 32 years old, 10 years of experience

Tough year to witness. Noah’s 2014 to 2016 decline with Chicago was not just the result of a short term injury situation, but the beginning of a decline that continued this season and could easily get quite precipitous. The talent just seems to have gone. The non-dunk finishing at the rim has gone. The running lefty banker and the pick-and-pop mid-ranger, both far more effective and regular than they looked like they should be, have gone, perhaps the victims of multiple shoulder injuries. The mobility is down, and so is the versatile defence going with it. And while he can still handle and pass from the top of the key better than almost any other centre, he is so bad for spacing that you don’t want him there. At the moment, Noah is an oft-injured, currently suspended, hugely paid rebounding specialist. Which is a real shame.

Player Plan: Three years and $52.59 million remaining, with no options. This is one of those ones that’s just going to have to be swallowed for the next two years, while getting what you can from the player on the court. That is, unless things change remarkably in that time. After two years, it’ll be a big expiring. Then it can come in handy.

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June 9, 2011

Such a shooting need encompasses all positions, and not just the backcourt. The Bulls are conscious of it, which is why they had an inactive list of Jannero Pargo, John Lucas and Brian Scalabrine - even Kurt Thomas was signed with his mid-range jumper in mind.13 Kirk and Scal were the closest Chicago ever got to a stretch big, but in this era where such players are increasingly commonplace, Chicago never really had one. Omer Asik can't shoot at all, and Taj Gibson is not as good as it as commentator consensus would have you believe. Carlos Boozer is pretty good at the fallaway 16 footer when confronted by a shotblocker he daren't go at, but the range extends no further. And while Joakim Noah's Earthball was coming along nicely at one point, he completely lost the shot upon his return from thumb surgery and was once again a non-shooter.14 The Bulls' "three point lineup" - their only such three point lineup - was always Rose, Watson, Korver, Deng, and either Taj or Boozer or Noah. And that's no three point lineup at all.

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[...] One of the few good things to come out of the Vinny Del Negro regime in Chicago was Joakim's development into a shooter. Vinny didn't seem to do anything with regards to Joakim's technique - although Scott Skiles had previously changed his thumb position - but he did constantly encourage Joakim to take the open shots he was always given. Joakim started doing so, and subsequently got better as a shooter. This was a good thing that happened.

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October 4, 2010

Joakim Noah averaged 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds last season. Giving mulligans to Lamar Odom (9.8rpg) and Al Horford (9.9), and not including Earl Barron (who only played 7 games), only 14 players averaged rebounding double-doubles last season. And of those 14, only 7 were centres, one of whom (David Lee) does not figure to be a centre this year. Additionally, Joakim averaged 2.1 assists per game in that time, a 700% increase on Brendan Haywood's assist total. He blocked 1.2 shots a night, and also averaged 0.7 steals, which is pretty healthy for a centre. And he did all this in only 30 minutes per game.

Calling someone an "energy" player is usually meant pejoratively. Its intent is usually to infer that the player has no skill, and impacts the game only by running around like a blue arsed fly, flailing wildly at the ball while having no ball skills themselves. It's an accusation often levied at Noah by those wanting to besmirch him. And when it's not meant only pejoratively, Noah is absolutely an energy player. But he's also highly skilled, a simple yet important detail that the phrase "energy player" overlooks. And he's also extremely productive. [...]

[T]he oft-held idea that Joakim Noah is a nothing offensively is extremely baseless. He is flawed offensively, but he is not Dan Gadzuric out there. Noah is a good passer of the ball, which is why Chicago run offense through him despite his own limited isolation scoring ability. He never takes bad shots, and takes only shots he can make; this, in itself, is a very underrated skill. He has become a good pick and roll option, a developing pick and pop options, has a decent left hand, and is particularly adept at a running left handed hook shot that you'll probably think was just a fluke if e'er he makes it against your team, but which really isn't. Noah's jumpshot has improved considerably, going from an absolute nothing to a respectable open shooter, and he shoots 75% from the foul line. Your team's centre probably doesn't. But his most underrated offensive ability is his ability to run the court. Even if he doesn't get the ball, Noah will run anyway. And he will either finish with a dunk, or provide a wonderful decoy for another guy to finish. This ability was responsible for about 100 Chicago Bulls points last year; while I've admittedly fashioned that number out of my arse, the point stands. These are abilities most centres either don't have or don't use, and they must be factored into any evaluation of Joakim's abilities.

When you combine this with his elite rebounding and his decent defensive skills - which can be overrated at times, but which are still pretty good - then you're talking about a useful and productive two-way player. Joakim has significant flaws, and it always stings the balls to give $12 million annually to an obviously flawed player. But the flaws are only hugely detrimental if you perceive them to be; considering that Noah's style of play and resulting effectiveness greatly mitigate these weaknesses, you shouldn't perceive them to be as important as his production. Players like Brendan Haywood and Dam Salembert have more of what you might call "centre size" - a fact often cited in their defense in comparison with Noah - yet it barely matters that they're slightly heavier and thus easier to imagine at the spot. The value for money is different at the centre position to what it would be in the backcourt. This list evidences that. And that list doesn't even include the power forwards.

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