Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Bulls' Noah named to All-NBA first team
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah added another honor to his career-best season when he was named to the All-NBA first team on Wednesday.
Noah joins Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and James Harden of the Houston Rockets on the first team.
Noah won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in April and was named to the all-defensive first team on Monday. The honors cap a season in which Noah put up career-highs with 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He anchored a Bulls defense that held opponents to a .430 field goal percentage, second-best in the NBA.
"Each year I think he's gotten better and better," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said in April when Noah won Defensive Player of the Year. "And I think that's a testament to his will and determination. And he's improved in many different areas -- everyone talks about the passing and his defense but offensively his scoring, his leadership, his professionalism (have grown)."
The All-NBA second team consists of guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, forwards Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and center Dwight Howard of the Rockets.
Guards Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns, forwards Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers and Al Jefferson of the Charlotte Hornets make up the third team.