Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
If the Chicago Bulls are going to beat the Miami Heat in a playoff series, much less a game, they will need their 6'11" big man in the paint.
Although the Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, their only big man over 7' is Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who's been regulated to stand still jump shooting and is a below average defender at this point in his career.
As of now, the Heat are projected to have Chris Bosh, 6'11", at power forward, with Joel Anthony, 6'9", in the middle.
Joakim Noah is listed at 6'11", however, his athleticism and wing-span make him much bigger. Noah has made several strides on his offensive game, but with the lack of size the Heat have, a simple way to score for the Bulls would be simply dumping the ball to Noah and letting him back down the smaller Heat players.
Noah would be the ruler of the painted area in a Bulls versus Heat game, with his counterparts being Joel Anthony and Ilgauskas.
The Bulls paid Noah $60 million over five seasons, a deal that would look very smart if the Bulls are able to get by the Heat in a playoff matchup the next few years.
Win or lose against the Heat, the Bulls would have a 0 percent chance at beating the Miami Heat without Joakim Noah.