Chicago Bulls' center Joakim Noah has taken the NBA by storm this season. He's been one of the top centers in the NBA for years now, but his inspiring play has lifted a once again battered Chicago Bulls team from playoff uncertainty to a probable home court advantage in the first round. He's in consideration for Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBA First Team, along with some saying he should be top three in MVP voting.
Noah isn't concerned with any of those individual awards at the moment; he's more focused on lifting his team as much as he possibly can. However, his accountant may be interested in Noah getting All-NBA First Team. According to Joe Cowley at the Chicago Sun Times, receiving that honor would reportedly give the Bulls' center a $500,000 bonus.
Joakim Noah doesn't want to get involved with all the hype surrounding his candidacy as a first-team All-NBA performer.
But he might want to start, considering he has a $500,000 bonus check coming his way if he receives that honor at the end of the regular season.
Noah has a great chance of getting named to the First Team. He's been as impactful as any center this season and has had less help than Roy Hibbert in Indiana and Dwight Howard in Houston. When comparing the three centers this season, Howard has the advantage in scoring and rebounding numbers but even his own coach said Noah was the Defensive Player of the Year. Hibbert anchors the best defense in the league but has been inconsistent on offense. Noah has been the best defender and he's averaging nearly five assists per game.
No center has averaged 4.9 assists or higher in the past decade. The last one to do it was Vlade Divac 11 seasons ago and before that, Jeff Ruland was the last to do it in the 1985-86 season.