Earlier today, the NBA released their latest polls for the NBA All-Star voting. The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah has received a total of 129,331 votes, making him seventh in voting for the Eastern Conference frontcourt.
Noah has been making a case for a starting spot on the All-Star team this season with averages of 13.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.1 blocks. With those statistics, he definitely deserves a starting spot. Centers who are ahead of him in voting are Kevin Garnett (328,716), Chris Bosh (308,194), and Tyson Chandler (260,000). Noah may not average as many points as Garnett (15.0 points) or Bosh (17.7 points), but he averages more rebounds and assists than all three of them. He is also seventh in the league in rebounding.
But with such a low amount of votes, Noah’s chances of being voted as a starter are quite slim. There are less than two months left until the All-Star game, and it would take a miracle for Noah to accumulate enough votes to catch up. Even so, Noah has been having a breakout season. He has been thriving offensively and defensively averaging career highs in points, assists, steals, and blocks. And not only has he improved his individual game, but his presence has benefited the Bulls as a whole. Noah has great energy on both ends of the floor, makes hustle plays, and has shown the ability to make the right pass.
With that being said, it is a shame that Noah will not be a starter. He just will not gain enough votes, unless everyone decides to act now and frantically vote for him as much as possible. Noah may not have the respect of fans around the country, but he has surely gained the respect of fans from Chicago. Now would be the time for the remaining fans to start appreciating what Noah does. He has developed into a great center who knows how to make his team better. It is only fitting that Noah becomes an All-Star.