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Is Joakim Noah the best center in Eastern Conference?

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06:19 PM ET 11.27 | The Bulls defeated the Bucks on Saturday, 93-86, on Sat. Nov. 24. That game, Joakim Noah had nine rebounds, five assists and scored nine points, as the Bulls won, breaking their losing streak. After that game, Noah jokingly asked, "Am I the best center in the east?" smiling and repeating the question with Luol Deng praising Noah, saying he is the best in the east. Now, is Noah actually the best in the east? Let's compare him to other centers in the east such Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Anderson Varejao and Greg Monroe (excluding Al Horford and Chris Bosh as they are not true centers). Noah's numbers may not be outstanding, but he's a leader in Chicago and even though the Bulls' record isn't the best at the moment, without Noah it could be a lot worse.

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November 27, 2012  11:21 PM ET

Firstly the statement " (excluding Al Horford and Chris Bosh as they are not true centers)" is BS because regardless of them being "true" or "false" centers, they actually do play that position and defend other centers.

With that, offensively, it should be either Lopez or Bosh.
Defensively, I would go with Chandler, but Noah is not that far off.
Overall, efficiency wise and leadership wise, it's gotta be Horford.

November 28, 2012  04:52 AM ET
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Firstly the statement " (excluding Al Horford and Chris Bosh as they are not true centers)" is BS because regardless of them being "true" or "false" centers, they actually do play that position and defend other centers.With that, offensively, it should be either Lopez or Bosh.Defensively, I would go with Chandler, but Noah is not that far off.Overall, efficiency wise and leadership wise, it's gotta be Horford.

+1

November 28, 2012  06:20 AM ET

I wish Noah would average 18 ppg -9 rbg - 3 apg, would make life easier for the bulls (and Rose when he returns).

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November 28, 2012  07:48 AM ET

Does it really matter?

November 28, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Brooks Lopez

November 28, 2012  08:40 AM ET

You guys have got to be kiddin...hands down....its got to be Andrew Bynum........LOL! Go Bynie, Go Bynie.......how you fine folks doing out there in the land of winners? Sixers, Phillies, Eagles!

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November 28, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Best Center = Andrew Bynum

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November 28, 2012  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Firstly the statement " (excluding Al Horford and Chris Bosh as they are not true centers)" is BS because regardless of them being "true" or "false" centers, they actually do play that position and defend other centers.With that, offensively, it should be either Lopez or Bosh.Defensively, I would go with Chandler, but Noah is not that far off.Overall, efficiency wise and leadership wise, it's gotta be Horford.

You nailed it...

People are sleeping on Bynum as well.

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