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Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  28 responses

Luol Deng Declares Joakim Noah the Best Center in the Eastern Conference


Wisely, Joakim Noah won’t make the claim. But Chicago Bulls teammate Luol Deng has no problem stating his belief that Noah is currently the top big man in the East. From the Chicago Sun-Times: “Hell yeah,’ Luol Deng stated emphatically when asked if Joakim Noah was the best center in the Eastern Conference. It’s not just one teammate speaking out for another, either. There are numbers to back Deng’s assertion up. Noah will enter tonight’s rematch with Milwaukee sixth in scoring amongst centers in the Eastern Conference with 14 points per game, third in rebounding with 9.7 per game, first in assists with 4.1 per game, tied for third in steals with 1.33 per game, fourth in blocks with 2.08 per game, and maybe the one statistic Noah is most proud of, first in minutes played with 39.2 per game. That’s how Noah knows he’s arrived, because he’s actually on the court in fourth-quarter crunch-time for the Bulls. That wasn’t always the case, even going back to the past few seasons, whether it was foul trouble or simply not being sturdy enough defensively. This year? Noah has stayed in that late-game mix, along with Luol Deng, while head coach Tom Thibodeau has played with the other three spots, trying to find the right mix. [...] ‘I’m an energy guy at the end of the day, I take pride in that, and I think that people that know the game, appreciate my play,’ Noah said. ‘Those who don’t, I appreciate them, too. I just want to get better.’ So it comes back to the same simple question. ‘Am I the best center in the East? Am I the best center in the East?’ Noah said, as he thought out loud. ‘I don’t know man, you tell me.’”

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  • JML-G

    Chandler is better

  • spit hot fiyah

    if varejao qualifies as a center (which he doesn’t imo) he is the one with the best year

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He deserves to be an All-Star.

  • DirtBag

    Chris Bosh has better numbers than all of them…yall know what time it is

  • Jam-Dog

    Varejao is having a wayyy better year then Noah so far. And Varejao obviously qualifies as a Center, he is 6-11 and it is heavier than Noah for instance. He is the Cavs Starting Center.

  • Ron

    Bosh is not a legit center.

  • Caboose

    How funny would it be if LeBron and Varejao played together on an All Star team?

  • D-TOWN

    GREG MONROE.. NO QUESTIONS ASKED

  • K_HOLIDAY

    “sixth in scoring amongst centers in the Eastern Conference with 14 points per game, third in rebounding with 9.7 per game, first in assists with 4.1 per game, tied for third in steals with 1.33 per game, fourth in blocks with 2.08 per game” …. dont you usually have to be in first to be the best?? He leads in assists and minutes played… He’s playin well but slow down Deng!! IMO, even though he’s more of a PF, Bosh is the best center in the east.

  • JML-G

    Varejao wont be a all-star, because Cavaliers is awful – his numbers is good, but thats about it plus he doesnt have allstar appeal

  • cru_thik305

    Noah is not first in assists among centers, gasol is ahead of him

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    ACTUALLY..Brook Lopez statistically is the Best so far in terms of legitimate Centers in east..the west,,is Mark Gasol..so far D12s numbers been up and down.

  • Redd

    Hope Noah gets an All Star nod finally.

  • kbak

    Just proves how there aren’t any dominating big men in the league anymore. I MISS THE 90s!!!

  • The Fury

    Marc also leads all centers in FT %…IMO Gasol will be the best center after this season. Dwight’s been inconsistent so far.

  • LakeShow

    Not that funny.

  • Dirt Bag

    New NBA smart guy…there isn’t even a center slot in all-star balloting…He starts at the 5 night after night and balls, get wins and get his stats against other “legit centers”. Anyone who would take Noah over Bosh at the 5 doesn’t know basketball

  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.angus.75 Brad Angus

    id rather have valanciunas, even this early in his career over noah in the all star game, smdh @ deng

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Hope joakim can make an all star team soon

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    too bad there’s no center slot anymore…

  • LakeShow

    Get over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I’d rather have the high powered, explosive point guards we got now

  • LeroyShonuff

    Different rules = Different game. But we do have a bunch of really good centers

  • Matt

    Are you just looking at numbers? What about the tape? What are some things that Varejao is doing better than Noah now? Honest question btw

  • danpowers

    me too man me too

  • danpowers

    id like to hve both

  • spit hot fiyah

    so far, yes no doubt

  • Mackenzie

    Brook Lopez is the best center in the East, Joakim Noah top 3 though

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