Saturday , Dec , 08 , 2012 Paul Eide

Why Do People Hate Joakim Noah?

On Friday, Joakim Noah anchored a win over the Detroit Pistons with a 30 point, 23 rebound performance.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: No Matter what he does on the floor, he will still be as hated as any player in the league.

But why? What did Joakim Noah do to any of them? Why is he so hated? As a basketball player there really isn’t a lot you can dislike. Even in compiling that monster stat line, Noah led the Bulls in assists with six, shot 12-19 from the floor and 6-7 from the line.

“It’s crazy to have numbers like that, “said Noah after the game. “I knew I was missing a lot of tips at the beginning of the game. In some arenas, they count as rebounds, and in some other arenas they don’t. I’m happy they counted.”

Coming out of college, Noah was thought of as more of a finesse type big man who really didn’t have the skills necessary to be a starting center in the NBA, particularly on the defensive side where Noah had a tendency to play defense more like a four than a five. But he was a winner if nothing else, so John Paxson, then the Bulls GM, selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2007.

Noah made enough of an impression in his rookie year to start 31 games and actually surprised a lot of people with his production in just over 20 mpg. In each of the five years since, Noah has increased his production in all meaningful categories. All of that production speaks to his work ethic because when it came to physical skills prior to the draft, a lot of GM’s thought he had maxed out his skills in college.

Just by looking at him, you can see how much stronger he has gotten since he was drafted. Not coincidentally, the Bulls as a team have developed along the same lines during that time frame. In what most people thought was a waste of a season due to D Rose’s injury, the Bulls are 10-8 and leading the Central Division.

This year Noah has asserted himself as a complete, overall player averaging 13.9 ppg (career-high), 10.8 rpg, 4.3 apg (career-high, second on team), 1.4 spg (career-high) and 2.2 bpg (career-high). Look at those numbers; what’s not to love?

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