words // Zac Dubasik
images // Nick DePaula
The return of Derrick Rose may have captured most of the attention this week, when it comes to the Bulls, but the presence of their All-Star center, Joakim Noah, is another crucial piece of their team, if they hope to take home a Championship.
Noah was selected ninth overall by the Bulls, in the 2007 NBA Draft, following back-to-back NCAA Championships at Florida, and has been an integral the Bulls rise back to relevance ever since. From a numbers perspective, Noah averaged a double-double least season, including 11.9 PPG and 11.1 boards. What's also impressive is his assist numbers, where he averages 4 a game last year. Despite the solid numbers though, his energy and hustle may be Noah's most inportant on-court contribution.
Following a lengthy deal with French brand Le Coq Sportif, Noah signed a new deal with adidas last month, which made him the sixth Bulls player to have a deal with the brand. Take a look below at the Bulls adidas REV30 away jersey you'll see Noah in this season. You can grab your own Bulls gear over at NBA.com.