The Bulls defeated the Bucks on Saturday, 93-86, on Sat. Nov. 24. That game, Noah had nine rebounds, five assists and scored nine points, as the Bulls won, breaking their losing streak.
After that game, according to an article by Scott Powers, of ESPNChicago, Noah jokingly said, “Am I the best center in the East?” smiling and repeating the question with Luol Deng praising Noah, saying he is the best in the east.
Now, is Noah actually the best in the east? Lets compare him to other centers in the east such Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Anderson Varejao and Greg Monroe (excluding Al Horford and Chris Bosh as they are not true centers).
Look at statistics, Noah versus Lopez, according to statistics by basketball-reference. Points per game, Lopez wins as he averages 19, with Noah averaging 14, however in rebounds per game, Noah wins, averaging 10 rebounds per game, with Lopez at six. Assist per game, Noah has four with Lopez at one. Lastly, blocks. In this category, both players are actually close, however Noah wins Lopez wins with 2.5, while Noah has 2.1 blocks.
Noah versus Chandler, with same statistics for Noah, Chandler averages 10 losing to Noah’s 14, eight-point-five, rebounds losing to Noah’s nine, zero-point-three assists compared to Noah’s one and one block compared to Noah’s two.
Onto Noah versus Varejao with the same statistics, and surprisingly enough, both players are equal averaging the same amount of points at 14 however Varejao wins in rebounds as he has 14, while Noah averages 10. Still, Noah has more assists at four while Varejao has three. Lastly, blocks. Noah beats Varejao again as he averages two while Varejao averages zero-point-three.
Lastly, Noah versus Monroe, again according to the same statistics, and Monroe scores more with 17 points per game. Noah again gets more rebound, more assists and more steals.
Back to the main question to whether or not Noah is the best center in the league. In assist he is, however he falls third in rebounds.
Still, with Dwight Howard in Los Angeles, a healthy Andrew Bynum would probably be the best center in the east, but with him out, there is no clear answer as to who the best is.
Still, as a center, you don’t need a big that can score. You need a big that can get the boards, and get the team involved with assists. That’s what Noah does.
The question is still up for debate. I’ll let you, the reader, decide.