The Chicago Bulls have announced that Joakim Noah has been selected as the NBA’s defensive player of the year. Noah, who has been the emotional leader of the team and a big reason the Bulls have overachieved this season, is well deserving of the award.
He has been instrumental as the anchor to Tom Thibodeau‘s suffocating defense since his arrival as Bulls head coach in 2010. That reputation took a small blow after game one of the Bulls opening round playoff series as Noah was thoroughly dominated by Washington Wizards center Nene (formerly Nene Hilario). However as far as the regular season goes Noah is certainly as deserving as anyone after leading a Bulls team that lost it’s two top scorers, in Derrick Rose to injury and Luol Deng to a trade, to the very unexpected 4th seed in the eastern Conference.
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Update: It’s been confirmed by many major media resources that Joakim Noah will indeed be announced as the NBA’s defensive player of the year for the 2013-2014 season. Here’s a story from hoops rumor.