Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah 3.jpg
Noah with the Bulls
No. 13 – Chicago Bulls
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-02-25) February 25, 1985 (age 29)
New York City, New York
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school United Nations International
(New York City, New York)
Poly Prep
(Brooklyn, New York)
Lawrenceville
(Lawrenceville, New Jersey)
College Florida (2004–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–present Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joakim Simon Noah[1] (/ˈ.ə.kɪm/ JOH-ə-kim;[2] born February 25, 1985) is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in New York City to a Swedish mother and a French father, he holds American, Swedish and French citizenship.[3][4] He played college basketball for the University of Florida where he won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. The Chicago Bulls selected Noah in the first round (ninth pick overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft. Joakim is a two-time NBA All-Star and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Noah was born in New York City, New York to French singer and former world No. 3 tennis player Yannick Noah, winner of the French Open Roland Garros in 1983, and Cécilia Rodhe, Miss Sweden 1978. His grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional soccer player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961.[5] Noah lived in Paris, France from 1988 to 1998 and returned to New York City at age 13.[6][7]

He played high school basketball for the United Nations International School, Poly Prep Country Day School and Lawrenceville School.[8]

College career[edit]

Noah during Midnight Madness with Sha Brooks during a 3-point shootout (October 13, 2006)

Noah accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007. Noah was a member of Donovan's 2004 recruiting class, a group that included four freshmen who would have a dramatic impact on the Gators basketball program during the next three seasons. During his 2004–05 freshman year, he played 10.3 minutes per game, and averaged only 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest.

During Noah's sophomore year (2005–06), Noah was listed as power forward but was moved to center to replace Al Horford, and in that position he led his team in points (14.2 ppg) and blocks (2.4 bpg), while ranking second in rebounds (7.1 rpg) behind teammate Al Horford (7.6 rpg). Almost unknown at the beginning of the season, Noah's projected draft position improved over time. By the end of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, he had declared for the 2006 NBA Draft. However, Noah, along with teammates Al Horford and Corey Brewer announced at their national championship celebration that they would return for their junior seasons.[1] Noah and the Florida Gators would go on to repeat as champions.

Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player (MOP)[9] of the NCAA Tournament's Minneapolis Regional after leading the Gators over top-seeded Villanova in the final game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On April 3, 2006, Noah led the Gators to a 73–57 win over UCLA for the school's first NCAA Basketball Championship, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. In the finale, his stats were: 16 points, 9 rebounds, and a championship game record 6 blocks.[9]

The next year after the Gators won the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, they went forward to the next year with five returning starters. Noah started off the tournament with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play in a win vs. the Jackson State Tigers. In the second round, Noah scored nine points and had nine rebounds in a win vs. the Purdue Boilermakers. The Purdue game, Butler Bulldogs game, and Ohio State championship game were the only three games he did not have double digit rebounds in the tournament; although he had nine rebounds in two of those games. He had a tournament high, 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Elite Eight in a win vs. the Oregon Ducks. In the championship game vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, he was in a match-up against the future 2007 NBA Draft number one pick, Greg Oden. Regardless, he was still able to score eight points and grab three rebounds, although getting into foul trouble. He also was perfect from the free throw line, making six shots on six attempts. With the help of Noah on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, the Florida Gators were able to win their second NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in two years.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

The Chicago Bulls selected Noah as the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Noah and his teammates at Florida, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, became the highest-picked trio from the same college in the history of the NBA. Horford was chosen third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, and Brewer was chosen seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 6, 2007, Noah made his regular season debut off the bench after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle. He scored 2 points and had 4 rebounds. Noah averaged 6.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during the 2008–09 regular season.

Noah blocking a shot against the Washington Wizards.

Noah played a key role in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference first round playoff series between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics. In the final minute of the game's third overtime period, with the score tied at 123–123, he stole the ball from Paul Pierce and dribbled down the court (unusual for a center) for a dunk, drawing Pierce's sixth foul in the process. The Bulls went on to win the game 128–127,[10] though they would lose the series in Game 7.

2009–10 season[edit]

During the 2009–10 season, Noah averaged 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He only played 64 games due to injury, though. The Bulls once again made the playoffs, securing the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, Noah averaged 14.8 points per game and 13.0 rebounds, but the Bulls lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round in five games.

2010–11 season[edit]

On October 4, 2010, Noah signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Bulls.[11] On December 15, 2010, the Bulls announced that due to ligament damage in Noah's hand, he would have surgery and miss 8 to 10 weeks. Noah was averaging 14 points and 11.7 rebounds in the 24 games prior to his injury. He returned to action in the 55th game of the season on February 23 after recuperating from right thumb surgery. He scored 7 points and had 16 rebounds in just over 24 minutes.[12] He returned to the inactive list for games 74, 75 and 76.

2011–12 season[edit]

On February 22, 2012, Noah recorded his first career triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the first triple-double by a Bulls center since Artis Gilmore recorded one in 1977.[13]

2012–13 season[edit]

On December 7, 2012, Noah recorded his career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds in a win against the Detroit Pistons.[14] On December 18, 2012, he recorded his second ever triple-double, scoring 11 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and providing a career high-tying 10 assists, in a 100–89 victory over the Boston Celtics.[15] On January 24, 2013, Noah was named as a reserve in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, representing the Chicago Bulls alongside teammate Luol Deng. He became the Bulls' first All-Star center since Artis Gilmore in 1982. He played 16 minutes in the game, scoring 8 points and collecting 10 rebounds in the East's loss. On February 28, 2013, Noah recorded his third career triple-double, scoring 23 points, collecting 21 rebounds and blocking a career-high 11 shots in Chicago's 93–82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. In doing so, Noah both tied a franchise record for blocks in a regular season game set by Artis Gilmore on December 20, 1977, and joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shawn Bradley, Shaquille O'Neal, and Elvin Hayes as the only players to record a triple-double of 20-20-10 in points, rebounds, and blocks since blocks began being recorded, and the only player among them to do so while shooting 65 percent from the field.[16]

2013–14 season[edit]

From December 28, 2013 to February 1, 2014, Noah had an 18-game streak of 10 or more rebounds, averaging 13.9 rebounds during that stretch. Such streak was ended on February 4, 2014 in a game against the Sacramento Kings as Joakim was ejected from the game after complaining due to a controversial foul call against him. Noah erupted and verbally abused the referees, resulting in a $15,000 fine from the NBA.[17] On January 30, 2014, Joakim Noah was named a reserve in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game for the second time in his career.[18] He played 21 minutes in the game (including the entire fourth quarter) and scored 8 points, collected 5 rebounds and had 5 assists while helping the East to win 163–155.[19] On February 11, 2014, Noah recorded his fourth career triple-double in a 100–85 win against the Atlanta Hawks, finishing the game with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.[20] On February 19, 2014, Joakim accounted for 13 assists in a thrilling 94–92 road win against the Toronto Raptors. By doing so, he became the first NBA center with 3 games of 10+ assists in a season since Brad Miller of the Sacramento Kings in 2005–06 and the only center with 13 assists in a game since Vlade Divac in April 1996.[21]

On March 2, 2014, Noah recorded his fifth career triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists in a 109–90 win over the New York Knicks. Noah's 14 assists was the most ever by a Bulls center, and the most by a center in the NBA since 1986.[22] Three days later, in a 105–94 win over the Detroit Pistons, Noah recorded yet another triple double finishing the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.[23] Joakim finished the month of March with 120 assists, the most by a NBA center since Wilt Chamberlain had 155 in March 1968.[24] On April 9, 2014, Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 102–87 road win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his fourth triple double in the season.[25] On April 21, 2014, Noah was awarded the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award for the first time in his career. He is the second Chicago Bull to win the award, after Michael Jordan who won it in the 1987–88 season.[26]

On June 4, 2014, Noah was named to the 2014 All-NBA first team.[27]

International play[edit]

Noah plays for the French national basketball team, although he also could have been eligible for the American or Swedish team.[28] "The French National team is definitely something that has been in my dreams for a while," he said.[29] He was officially made a French citizen on April 11, 2007.[28] Noah speaks fluent French.[30]

Noah made his first appearance for the French national basketball team on July 24, 2009 in a friendly match against Austria where he scored 16 points with 9 rebounds.

Noah then joined the French team at EuroBasket 2011.

He did not join the French Olympic team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of a serious ankle injury that he suffered during the 2012 NBA playoffs. Noah said that he needed more time and rehabilitation work before he would be ready to play again.[31]

Player profile[edit]

Noah is known for his high-energy play, especially on the defensive end. He is a tenacious rebounder on both ends of the floor and is a capable ball-handler and passer at the center position. His unorthodox shooting style has been the subject of much criticism. However, Noah has improved his free-throw shooting and is an effective finisher close to the basket.

Personal life[edit]

On May 25, 2008, Noah was arrested for having an open container of alcohol and misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Gainesville, Florida. A few hours later, Noah was also cited for driving with a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt. He was sentenced to six months probation, a $200 fine for the marijuana and open container charges, and a $206 traffic fine.[32]

Noah divides his time between Chicago and Florida during the off-season.

With his mother, Noah runs the Noah's Arc Foundation.[33]

Awards[edit]

NCAA[edit]

NBA[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Noah was sponsored by Le Coq Sportif and wore their basketball shoes until parting ways with the company in 2013.[37] Noah is also sponsored by the BSN supplement brand. That was until he signed an endorsement deal with Adidas later in the year. He also has a deal with Coco Coconut Water.[38]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Chicago 74 31 20.7 .482 .000 .691 5.6 1.1 .9 .9 6.6
2008–09 Chicago 80 55 24.2 .556 .000 .676 7.6 1.3 .6 1.4 6.7
2009–10 Chicago 64 54 30.1 .504 .000 .744 11.0 2.1 .5 1.6 10.7
2010–11 Chicago 48 48 32.8 .525 .000 .764 10.4 2.2 1.0 1.5 11.7
2011–12 Chicago 64 64 30.4 .508 .000 .748 9.8 2.5 .6 1.4 10.2
2012–13 Chicago 66 64 36.8 .481 .000 .751 11.1 4.0 1.2 2.1 11.9
2013–14 Chicago 80 80 35.3 .475 .000 .737 11.3 5.4 1.2 1.5 12.6
Career 476 396 29.8 .500 .000 .729 9.4 2.7 .9 1.5 9.9
All-Star 2 0 18.5 .667 .000 .000 7.5 4.0 .5 .5 8.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Chicago 7 7 38.7 .510 .000 .760 13.1 2.3 .9 2.1 10.1
2010 Chicago 5 5 36.6 .528 .000 .947 13.0 2.6 1.8 1.4 14.8
2011 Chicago 16 16 33.1 .411 .000 .725 10.2 2.5 1.0 2.1 8.7
2012 Chicago 3 3 33.0 .731 .000 .636 9.3 3.0 .7 1.3 15.0
2013 Chicago 12 12 34.1 .437 .000 .641 9.6 2.3 .8 2.2 10.8
2014 Chicago 5 5 42.0 .512 .000 .588 12.8 4.6 .8 1.4 10.4
Career 48 48 35.5 .476 .000 .716 11.0 2.7 1.0 1.9 10.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA.com Joakim Noah Draft 2007 Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ Brady, Erik (March 22, 2004). "Star high school athlete becomes his own man". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Joakim Noah: "Je soutiens Barack Obama"". LeJDD.fr (in French). February 17, 2008. Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ NBA-debut för Joakim Noah i natt
  5. ^ Smith, Bryan (November 2010). "Joakim Noah's Turnaround". Chicagomag.com. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "#13: Joakim Noah". Florida Gators. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ Schollmeyer, Josh (February 2008). "The Noble One Speaks". Chicago Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Noah's Story". JoakimNoahOnline.com. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Florida... brings home NCAA title". NCAASports.com. Retrieved February 13, 2007. 
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/sports/basketball/01bulls.html?_r=0 Retrieved Feb. 25, 2014.
  11. ^ Fiedell, Nick. "Bulls' Joakim Noah to Sign Extension." ESPN.com. October 4, 2010. Accessed May 23, 2011.
  12. ^ http://www.nba.com/games/20110223/ESTWST/gameinfo.html#nbaGIboxscore
  13. ^ Noah's triple double leads to Bulls' blowout of Bucks
  14. ^ "Joakim Noah's career night helps Bulls defeat Pistons". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Joakim Noah records triple-double in Bulls' win against Celtics". ESPN. 18 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Joakim Noah records monster triple-double against 76ers". sbnation.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Joakim Noah fined $15K for 'verbally abusing' officials after ejection during Bulls loss to Kings". Yahoo Sports. 20 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Joakim Noah named to NBA All-Star team". Sun Times. 20 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "NBA All-Star Game 2014: Joakim Noah helps East complete comeback victory". SB Nation. 20 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Joakim Noah records triple-double in Bulls' win over Hawks". CSN Chicago. 20 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Joakim Noah's 13 assists a marvel". Chicago Tribune. 20 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Notebook: Bulls 109, Knicks 90
  23. ^ "Notebook: Bulls 105, Pistons 94". NBA.com. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  24. ^ Twitter / nbastats
  25. ^ "Joakim Noah drops 4th triple-double of season in Bulls’ win". Sun Times. 20 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "Joakim Noah wins Kia Defensive Player award". nba.com. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Durant, LeBron headline 2013-14 All-NBA First Team
  28. ^ a b FIBA: Noah cleared to play for France
  29. ^ Givony, Jonathanl (May 21, 2007). "Joakim Noah: "I don't feel like there is another player like me"". DraftExpress.com. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  30. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZfJCjOdk2I&feature=related
  31. ^ Associated Press, "Ankle injury rules Joakim Noah out of France team for Olympic basketball," The Washington Post (July 4, 2012). Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  32. ^ "Chicago Bulls player Noah gets fined for marijuana". reuters.com. May 29, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  33. ^ http://noahsarcfoundation.org/
  34. ^ Newberry, Paul (March 15, 2006). "Tide's Steele selected to '06 All-SEC team". DecaturDaily.com. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  35. ^ Schlabach, Mark (April 4, 2006). "Florida Gets Handle on UCLA". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  36. ^ Greenstein, Teddy. "Bulls' Noah named an All-Star reserve". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  37. ^ Noah ends shoe deal with Le Coq Sportif
  38. ^ Ecker, Danny. "Joakim Noah signs endorsement deal with Adidas". Chicago Business. Chicago Business. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

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