What can Noah and the Bulls do to Succeed?

Joakim Noah DPOTY

After what has been his best regular season in the NBA, Joakim Noah has been awarded the Defensive Player of the Year award, but how far can Noah realistically take the Bulls without Derrick Rose this year?

Heading back to the award, Noah is just the second Bulls player to receive the honour, alongside Michael Jordan in 1988.

This has helped Chicago average just 91.8 points allowed per game, even though their other key defensive stalwart, Luol Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers halfway through the season.

It wasn’t just defense that Noah helped with either, averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 blocks a game, proving a brutal force in the Windy City.

It hasn’t shown in the playoffs however, as the Bulls have fallen victim to an invigorated Washington Wizards team, currently trailing 3-1* in their first round match-up, where the presence of Noah hasn’t seemed to effect the play of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Surely Tom Thibodeau’s men can find a way to overcome the deficit.

Even if they don’t go to on the Finals, they are hoping to attract some of this summer’s class of free-agents, such as Carmelo Anthony, who will have to take a pay cut in the region of seven million Dollars to sign with the Illinois based franchise, giving Melo a bit of a choice to make over riches or a ring.

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If Melo doesn’t fancy heading to Chicago, word is also spreading that Chicago could try to bring point guard Rajon Rondo into their setup as a replacement for Derrick rose, if of course his knee injury limits him to more minutes on the pine.

Free agency promises to be a colossal time for those who want to strengthen current squads, but Chicago seem to already have a good set-up in each position.

We even saw tensions rise between Jimmy Butler and Nene in the third game of their series, resulting in the Brazilian big man receiving a ban for game four.

But this also had an impact on the game, as after his ejection, we saw Jimmy Butler gain the confidence and calmness to produce a double-double to give Chicago the W in game three.

Whilst also having Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson in the ranks, the physicality within the team is clear for all to see, but by adding a high quality scorer to the squad, we could see the Bulls challenge once again for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Bulls currently look to be a force who will fall short of glory this season, whether that’s down to unfortunate injuries, or the lack of unity amongst the team.

But with the addition of some big names, there is no reason why they won’t be able to achieve in the years to come.

*Correct as of 29/4/14

19. From Erdington, Birmingham. Currently studying Sports Journalism at The University of Brighton- 1st year. An obsession with various sports Like to be up to date with news within the sporting world, particularly football, NBA and NFL Any sports questions ask on twitter @jamesjp97

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