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This isn't as easy a decision as most think. Consider these stats.
Noah - 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, .8 steals per game in 31 minutes
Asik - 3.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, .9 blocks, .5 steals per game in 14 minutes
His productivity, given his minutes, proves that if given more court time Asik would put up similar points, rebounds, more blocks and more steals.
On any other team except for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic, Asik could be a starter. He could start for the Bulls too, and not much would change.
However, Joakim Noah is the better starter for one reason: He has a higher chance of getting hot.
Asik has shown he can get into a rhythm offensively, but Noah is the only center in the NBA who can lead a fast break and finish at the rim—a skill big men usually don't have.
Noah has helped shape this young team's identity and deserves the start. He's tough, high-strung and emotional. He gets everyone, including me, fired up.