2018C3 wrote:Out of all the guys on the list, Noah was probably the guy I was most hyped about on draft day, He is the only guy on the list that I was 100% behind prior to the actual draft, By the time he was traded I thought he was absolutely useless, and wanted him gone the previous season. Wendel Carter Just put up similar per 36 minute stats compared to Noah's best season, and is 8 years younger respectively.
Worth noting that Noah wasn't traded. He left as a FA, not that this should impact your decision. Injuries absolutely robbed him towards the end as well. We're very fortunate we didn't resign him (not that I think there was any momentum for us to do so).
If you think WCJ has a similar impact to Noah, then I don't know what to tell you. If you don't, then I'm not sure what the point of bringing up his per 36 minute stats are.
In his prime, Noah was one of the most active players in the league in terms of speed and distance per game (according to that tracking software that was just starting to be used back then). That's absolutely insane given that he was a center, and showed the type of activity he had and how he glued a defense together with his movement and recovery.
Definitely not the best player ever, but one of the most unique, and unique in a way that was generally amazingly unselfish on both ends of the court. I think that's why so many people loved him.
Plus, he gave me perhaps my favorite sports moment of all time. Certainly in the top 5.
Swear, completely honestly, no lie or exaggerations, I start to tear up when I watch that clip and remember that moment, it will always serve as an example to me of why I love sports, even if you can't/don't win the title. Definitely not that big a sports moment in history, NBA history, or even Bulls history, but my connection and love for the team was probably near its peak here.
Just talking about it, I had to watch that clip like 20 times.