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Joakim Noah to Retire, Plans to Officially Retire with Bulls

Joakim Noah is calling it a career, retiring from basketball as 13 seasons. Noah plans to sign with the Bulls to officially retire in Chicago.

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Joakim Noah is finally hanging up the sneakers after 13 illustrious years in the NBA. The decision is effective immediately.

Noah intends to sign with the Bulls and retire with Chicago. However, it is still unclear as to when this will happen.

Noah was drafted 9th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Bulls and played nine years in Chicago. He was a two-time NBA All-Star, 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, and finished 4th in the 2013-14 MVP voting. The University of Florida product also spent two years with the Knicks and spent one year with the Clippers and Grizzlies, respectively.

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His impressive career stats are shown below:

SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%eFG%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2007-0822CHINBAC743120.72.45.0.4820.00.0.0002.44.9.484.4821.82.6.6912.43.35.61.10.90.91.22.36.6
2008-0923CHINBAC805524.22.64.7.5560.00.0.0002.64.6.558.5561.52.3.6763.14.57.61.30.61.41.03.06.7
2009-1024CHINBAC645430.14.18.1.5040.00.04.18.1.504.5042.53.4.7443.47.611.02.10.51.61.83.110.7
2010-1125CHINBAC484832.84.48.4.5250.00.0.0004.48.4.526.5252.93.9.7393.86.610.42.21.01.51.93.311.7
2011-1226CHINBAC646430.43.97.7.5080.00.0.0003.97.6.509.5082.43.2.7483.86.09.82.50.61.41.42.510.2
2012-1327CHINBAC666436.84.69.5.4810.00.1.0004.69.5.485.4812.73.6.7513.97.211.14.01.22.12.72.811.9
2013-1428CHINBAC808035.34.810.0.4750.00.0.0004.810.0.476.4753.14.2.7373.57.711.35.41.21.52.43.112.6
2014-1529CHINBAC676730.62.86.4.4450.00.0.0002.86.3.447.4451.62.6.6033.36.49.64.70.71.11.83.07.2
2015-1630CHINBAC29221.91.84.6.3830.00.0.0001.84.6.386.3830.81.6.4893.05.88.83.80.61.01.82.74.3
2016-1731NYKNBAC464622.12.24.4.4900.00.0.0002.24.4.493.4900.71.7.4363.55.28.82.20.70.81.32.85.0
2017-1832NYKNBAC705.70.71.4.5000.00.00.71.4.500.5000.30.6.5000.91.12.00.60.30.30.60.71.7
2018-1933MEMNBAC42116.52.65.1.5160.00.0.0002.65.0.519.5161.92.6.7161.44.35.72.10.50.71.22.37.1
2019-2034LACNBAC5010.00.81.6.5000.00.00.81.6.500.5001.21.6.7501.02.23.21.40.20.21.21.82.8
CareerNBA67251227.73.36.8.4910.00.0.0003.36.8.493.4912.12.9.7003.25.89.02.80.81.31.72.88.8
9 seasonsCHINBA57246529.53.57.2.4900.00.0.0003.57.2.492.4902.23.1.7113.36.19.43.00.81.41.82.99.3
2 seasonsNYKNBA534619.92.04.0.4910.00.0.0002.04.0.493.4910.71.5.4393.24.77.92.00.60.71.22.54.6
1 seasonMEMNBA42116.52.65.1.5160.00.0.0002.65.0.519.5161.92.6.7161.44.35.72.10.50.71.22.37.1
1 seasonLACNBA5010.00.81.6.5000.00.00.81.6.500.5001.21.6.7501.02.23.21.40.20.21.21.82.8

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/1/2021.

Noah will be remembered in Chicago for his heart, hustle, and muscle that was prominent in the Tom Thibodeau Era. Noah was a force on defense and on the glass. He block shots, boxed guys out, and did all the dirty work that very few people are good at. He grew into an solid offense player with distributing skills that were rare to find in that era of basketball. Noah was also notorious for getting in the his opponents’ heads. This included the likes of legends Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.

Noah always showed up in big games. He caused havoc against the Heat in the Dwayne Wade/LeBron James/Chris Bosh era and opened the Bulls contention window with his steal and breakaway dunk in triple overtime of Game Six in the 2009 Boston series.

Noah is also known for adding life to rivalries and post-game pressers. Here is his notorious Cleveland presser.

Noah also has continued his philanthropic efforts in Chicago through his Noah’s Arc Foundation.

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Currently, Noah has not released any plans on what he will do in retirement. With Noah’s ties to Billy Donovan dating back to his college days, fans could see Noah on the Bulls bench in a coaching roll.

Whatever he does, he will always be loved by Bulls fans and perhaps someday his number will be hanging in the rafters of the United Center.


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