Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
Noah is off to a blistering start.
If Joakim Noah continues playing at such a high level, he will make his first All-Star appearance this season. Mark my words.
Through five games, Noah is averaging 14.6 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game, 2.2 blocks per game and 1.8 steals per game.
Needless to say, his fantasy owners are happy.
Noah has been filling up the stat sheet, contributing in an array of ways while also supplying his ever-present emotional leadership.
He has been instrumental in a couple of their victories, notching 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and five steals against Sacramento and 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks against Orlando.
These beastly performances exclaim his value.
This value is being amplified this season partly because he's receiving more minutes. Since former Bull Omer Asik departed for Houston, Noah is now no longer losing minutes to a stellar backup big man.
He is currently averaging 39 minutes per outing (last year he only averaged around 30).
Noah appears to have the stamina to log the major minutes and the Bulls are clearly going to need him. He has been a stud thus far, and they need his play to continue if they want to contend in the Eastern Conference.