Chicago Bulls

Joakim Noah Rebounding Like No Chicago Bull Since Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman would be proud of Joakim Noah's recent efforts.
Dennis Rodman would be proud of Joakim Noah's recent efforts.John Raoux/Associated Press
Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2014

Joakim Noah is a good rebounder.

Okay—a very good rebounder.

He is so good, in fact, that he is rebounding better than any Chicago Bull since legend Dennis Rodman laced 'em up during the 1997-98 campaign.

After grabbing 18 rebounds in the Bulls' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Noah now has 14 straight games with 10 or more boards.

You want to hear the most impressive part?

He only hauled in 10 rebounds on the dot in three of those contests. In the other 11, he corralled more than that.

See for yourself.

Do the math. In those 14 games, Noah is averaging 14.4 boards, including a monstrous 21-rebound effort on Jan. 20 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Overall, Noah is posting a career-high 11.4 rebounds a night this season, registering a total rebound percentage of 19.1.

This after so many people were wondering what was wrong with Noah in November and December, when the big man only recorded double figures in boards six times during those two months (he put up 10+ in both of his October contests).

It's not just rebounds with Noah, either. The 28-year-old is tallying .182 win shares per 48 minutes and boasts a lifetime-best defensive rating of 95.

I think it's safe to say that Noah is perfectly fine.

"I just want to help this team win," said Noah before Chicago's game against the Cavaliers.

After earning the victory, Noah stated, "Taj (Gibson) played great, and I just tried to do as much stuff as possible for us to get the win. We've been through a lot, but this a tough team because we battle. I think we're getting better and playing good basketball.

That's for certain. At least in Noah's case.

All statistics in this article are from Basketball Reference.

 

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