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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah doesn't seem to receive much respect nationally, but the brash and cocky big man out of the University of Florida has worked tirelessly to hone his game at the professional level.
Noah's shot is hardly easy on the eyes, but guess what, it finds its way to the bottom of the cup more often than not.
A steady free-throw shooter, Noah is converting on 81 percent of his looks from the stripe this season, as well as 48 percent of his shots from the field.
Noah rarely requires sets to be run for him, as he's established himself as one of the league's best at creating second chances for his team, grabbing rebounds and deferring to teammates when possible.
In fact, a quick look at the NBA's assist leaders reveals that Noah is the only center in the top 40, averaging 4.5 dimes per game.
Averaging 13.1 points, 10.6 points and 2.1 blocks (eighth in the NBA) per night, Noah has done a fantastic job of ramping up his offensive production in Derrick Rose's absence.