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Jan 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (7) fight for a ball during the 2nd half at the United Center. The Bulls won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

13. The perfect play to kickstart Joakim Noah’s career

Sometimes, athletes have that one moment or one game that changes the trajectory of their careers.

For example, Joakim Noah’s dunk on Paul Pierce during the first round of the 2009 postseason against the Boston Celtics was his moment.

In Game 6 of arguably the greatest playoff series of all-time, the current Bulls’ heart and soul made the biggest play of the best game. Not only did Noah throw down a thunderous dunk over Pierce, he knocked Pierce’s pass away on the other end to start the break.

The Bulls would go on to win the game by one point, but would lose the legendary series in seven games.

Since that steal and dunk, Joakim Noah has become one of the league’s premier big man in terms of versatility and production. Noah has made two All-Star appearances, won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013-14, made All-NBA First Team and finished fourth in the 2013-14 NBA MVP voting.

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