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Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah 2.jpg
Joakim Noah warming up before a game
Chicago Bulls  – No. 13
Center/power forward
Born February 25, 1985 (1985-02-25) (age 25)
New York City, U.S.
Nationality France
United States
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 232 lb (105 kg)
League NBA
Salary $2,445,680
High school Poly Prep, Brooklyn, NY
The Lawrenceville School,
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
College Florida
Draft 1st round, 9th overall, 2007
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2007–present
Awards 2006 Tournament MOP[1]
2006 AP All-SEC[2]
2007 AP All-American 2nd Team
Profile Info Page

Joakim Simon Noah[3] (pronounced /ˈdʒoʊ.əkɪm/;[4] born February 25, 1985) is a French-Swedish-American[5][6] professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls. He played collegiate basketball for the University of Florida in the SEC of the NCAA from 2004-2007. Noah was a member of the Gators' teams that won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments. On June 28, 2007, Noah was taken 9th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

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Early life

Noah was born in New York City, New York, United States of French, Swedish, and Cameroonian descent. He was born February 25, 1985 to French singer and former tennis player Yannick Noah, and Cécilia Rhode, Miss Sweden 1978. In addition, his paternal grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional soccer player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961. Noah calls himself "the African Viking."[7]

He competed on basketball teams for several high schools, first at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City. At UNIS he was coached by Alsonso Shockley, Harry Muniz and David Gartrelle. He reached the championships as the only sophomore on the team. He also played in streetball tournaments and his nickname was "The Noble One" because someone heard that his dad was a pro tennis player. He later transferred to Poly Prep in Brooklyn, New York, where he was coached by Bill McNally, and then to The Lawrenceville School, outside of Princeton, New Jersey.

College career

During his freshman year at Florida (2004-2005), he played sparingly, clocking in just 10.3 minutes per game, and averaged only 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest.

Noah made significant improvement in his sophomore year (2005-2006), leading his team in points (14.2 ppg) and blocks (2.4 bpg), while ranking second in rebounds (7.1 rpg) behind teammate Al Horford (7.6 rpg). Almost unknown at the beginning of the season, Noah's draft stock improved continually. By the end of the NCAA tournament he was considered by many to be the top college prospect in the country, and had he declared for the 2006 NBA Draft he very likely would have been taken first or second. However, Noah, along with teammates Al Horford and Corey Brewer announced at their national championship celebration that they would return for their junior seasons.[1] Noah and the Gators would go on to repeat as champions.

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2006 NCAA Tournament

Noah during Midnight Madness with Sha Brooks during a 3-point shootout (October 13, 2006)

Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player (MOP)[1] of the NCAA Tournament's Minneapolis Regional after leading the Gators over top-seeded Villanova in the final game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On April 3, 2006, Noah led the Gators to a 73-57 win over UCLA for the school's first NCAA Basketball Championship, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. In the finale, he posted 16 points, 9 rebounds, and a championship game record 6 blocks.[1]

Professional career

The Chicago Bulls selected Noah as the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Noah and his teammates at Florida, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, became the highest picked trio from the same college in the history of the NBA. Horford was chosen third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, and Brewer was chosen seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 6, 2007, he made his regular season debut off the bench after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle. He posted 2 points and 4 rebounds. Noah is currently the Bulls starting center, and averaged 6.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during the 2008-09 regular season.

Noah played a key role in game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference first round playoff series between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics. In the final minute of the game's third overtime period, with the score tied at 123-123, he stole the ball from Paul Pierce and ran down the court for a dunk, drawing Pierce's sixth foul in the process. The Bulls went on to win the game 128-127,[8] though they would lose the series in Game 7.

Personal life

Though Noah could be eligible for international competitions such as the Olympics or World Basketball Championships by playing with the French, American, Cameroonian or Swedish team, he has expressed interest in playing for France. "The French National team is definitely something that has been in my dreams for a while."[9] He was officially made a French citizen on April 11, 2007.[10] Noah is fluent in French.

On May 25, 2008, Noah was arrested for having an open container of alcohol and misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Gainesville, Florida. A few hours later, Noah was also cited for driving with a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt. He was sentenced to six months probation and a $200 fine for the marijuana and open container charges. Noah also must pay $206 in traffic fines.[11]

Noah divides his time between Chicago and Florida during the off-season.

Awards

Sponsorship

Joakim Noah is sponsored by Le Coq Sportif and currently wears their basketball shoes.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Chicago 74 31 20.7 .482 .000 .691 5.6 1.1 .9 .9 6.6
2008–09 Chicago 80 55 24.2 .556 .000 .676 7.6 1.3 .6 1.4 6.7
2009–10 Chicago 46 46 32.7 .495 .000 .772 12.0 2.1 .6 1.7 11.2
Career 200 132 24.9 .511 .000 .710 7.9 1.4 .7 1.3 7.7

As of February 8, 2010

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Chicago 7 7 38.7 .510 .000 .760 13.1 2.3 .9 2.1 10.1
Career 7 7 38.7 .510 .000 .760 13.1 2.3 .9 2.1 10.1

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Preceded by
Sean May
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

2006
Succeeded by
Corey Brewer

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