Joakim Noah opened the 2016-17 campaign as the Knicks' starting center, but hamstring and knee injuries ultimately cut his season short. While he started every contest he played in, he was still limited to just 46 games, which marked back-to-back injury-plagued seasons following just 29 games played in 2015-16. Prior to the injuries, Noah really wasn't seeing that big of a workload anyway, averaging just 22.1 minutes. That translated to 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting 49 percent from the field. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, Noah will already be sidelined for the first 12 games of the season on suspension following a violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy. Adding on to Noah's concerns is the strong play of Willy Hernangomez, who should open the year in Noah's place at center. At this point, it seems possible that Noah will ultimately be stuck on the bench even when he's cleared, though the fact that he's in just the second year of a four-year, $72.6 million contract could mean otherwise. Either way, Noah's early season suspension and the rise of Hernangomez are all concerns for Noah's value and at best, he'll be a late round selection for his rebounding numbers in deeper leagues.
Noah (suspension) underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday, ESPN's Ian Begley reports. Keeping in line with his original timetable, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek believes Noah will miss roughly five months of action. The 32-year-old played in just 46 games last season, but barring a signifiant setback in his recovery, he should be ready for basketball activity before the 2017-18 opener. Even if rehab goes as planned, however, Noah has served just eight games of a 20-game drug suspension that was handed down March 25. Due to the injury history, remaining suspension and generally declining production -- 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds last season -- Noah likely won't be off the board until the later part of deeper fantasy drafts next season.
Noah is expected to have surgery for a torn left rotator cuff and will miss four-to-six months, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. Noah is already expected to have to miss the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season because of a suspension stemming from a violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy, so this is just another setback to his availability for next season. If he returns to the court on the earlier side of the four-to-six month timetable for a return, he could be good to go ahead of training camp. That said, the longer side of things could extend into the early portions of the regular season. Look for more updates on his injury as he progresses through his recovery over the summer.
The NBA's independent doctor cleared Noah (knee) to play, so he'll begin serving his 20-game suspension Wednesday against the Heat, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports. This was the expected outcome after the Knicks' doctors allowed Noah to take part in practice Tuesday after he had been sidelined for the past month while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Noah's suspension will cover the final eight games of the 2016-17 season and the first 12 games of 2017-18, which likely means he won't play in a regular-season contest until mid-to-late November. The 32-year-old was a major disappointment prior to suffering the injury and being handed the suspension for failing a drug test, as he averaged 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds an 2.2 assists in 22.1 minutes per game over his 46 appearances. He may not be guaranteed a starting role once his suspension is up next season.
Noah (knee) was able to practice Tuesday and could be cleared to begin his 20-game suspension during Wednesday's game against the Heat, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports. According to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, Noah said team doctors cleared him to practice after it was initially feared that the arthroscopic knee surgery he required a month earlier would keep him out for the remainder of the season. The Knicks had likely planned to shut Noah down in order to let him focus on getting his conditioning in order for the start of training camp, but after it was revealed last weekend that the center tested positive for a prohibited substance and would be on tap for a suspension, the organization now presumably wants him to serve the games as soon as possible in the midst of a non-contending season. Noah will have to receive official clearance from NBA doctors before he's able to begin the suspension, but if he's able to start his clock with Wednesday's game, he would still be sidelined for the first 12 contests of 2017-18.
Noah will receive a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. Noah tested positive for a prohibited over-the-counter supplement, according to the report. He'll miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season and 10 games to begin the 2017-18 campaign. Noah had been sidelined since having surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27, and although the Knicks hadn't ruled him out for the rest of the season, the suspension will effectively result in him being shut down. With averages of 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.1 minutes per game in his first season with the Knicks, Noah was a major disappointment after signing a long-term deal with the team last summer and will likely go undrafted in the majority of fantasy leagues heading into 2017-18.
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