Top 15 NBA Free Agents: Joakim Noah
Over the years, Joakim Noah has become one of the top centers in the league, but recently injuries have slowed him down and limited his production. In the 2015-2016 season, Noah averaged 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in only 29 games in which he started two of those 29 games. The big question is if he can remain healthy for the upcoming season, and if he does, he is a definite presence in any team in need of a big man. Just two years ago, Noah was the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, so you know he still has more in the tank to be an influence on a team. Whichever team lands Noah, they can expect to gain a player with a point to prove, endless energy and passion to the court. The New York Knicks are said to be interested in Noah and he might find it appealing to team up with Derrick Rose once again. The Knicks need a big man and perhaps Noah can be their man for the job. Noah would certainly give a sense of presence in the paint for the Knicks. New York will most likely provide the most interest for Noah because of his Brooklyn roots. The Washington Wizards are short at the center position as well. Marcin Gortat has solidified himself as the starting center and Noah can provide good back up presence while possibly challenging Gortat for the starting spot if he is able to regain his form from his breakout 2014 season. Tim Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves can possibly be a destination for Noah as well. Thibodeau coached Noah during his 5-year stint with the Chicago Bulls and will look to lure him back. The Timberwolves already have a solid core of young talent with Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns. Not to mention adding Providence point guard Kris Dunn through the draft this year. With loads of young talent, Noah can provide experience and productivity to the team.