THE JOAKIM NOAH SCOUTING REPORT
Joakim Noah had a pretty awful start to the Golden State game. He received a pass in the post and then made a rather deliberate move, trying to score with the left. He was absolutely FACED by Andris Biedrins.
A few possessions later he telegraphed a pass from the top of the key to Salmons on the wing. It was picked off by Stephen Jackson, who easily dunked the ball on the other end.
Then Noah got an offensive board and tried to go back up strong with it, but he doesn’t have enough power for those type of plays in traffic. Denied getting all the way up to rim, he tried to lay it up but it fell away. And all that occurred in the first 4 minutes.
Noah has his moments. But he has no offensive game whatsoever, and he is deathly afraid to shoot the ball from just about anywhere on the court. Teams leave him wide open near the free throw line and he will not shoot it. It kills offensive possessions. Even Rodman would hoist that shot occasionally to keep it honest. And in college Noah would shoot jumpers from time to time. He also gets handled by the bigger 4s and 5s when he is defending them one on one.
The biggest questions for me: How has Noah not developed any kind of offense in the almost 2 years he has been here? Why has his strength not reached the level it needs to be to play down low?
He does have some strengths. He gets out on the break and runs the floor. He’s an active rebounder and has started to block more shots. He’s decent at getting scramble points. You can tell he’s giving maximum effort. Those facets of his game are getting better.
I remain a fan of Noah’s and I was happy when he was drafted. But the Bulls need much more from him. Will they ever get it?
[tags]Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls[/tags]