Joakim Noah earned his third triple-double of the season Wednesday night, and his second in three games. Noah had become a star for a team in need of one. While he has always been great defensively, Noah has become one of the best passers in the NBA, making him a legitimate force on offense as well. Combining those two make Noah one of the best Centers in the NBA today, and you could make the argument that he is the best.
Noah has been a vocal leader for the team ever since being drafted in 2007. Coming from Florida, Noah was a two-time national champion in college. He was drafted to a team on the up-swing and soon took Ben Wallace‘s job as starter. Noah played well but never contributed well on offense. While this fit Tom Thibodeau‘s coaching-style, everyone knew that the team needed more of a contribution offensively from that position. While most Centers take that to mean scoring, Noah decided to become one of the best passers in the NBA, regardless of position.
Noah’s offensive development had made him definitely one of the best Centers in the NBA, and I would even say that as of right now Noah is the best Center. Looking around the league, no Center has the all-around game of Noah. While Dwight Howard may be better defensively and Andre Drummond is more dominant in the low-post offensively, Noah is so good in each area that what he lacks in some areas he more than makes up for in others.
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