13 - Joakim Noah

6-11, 230 Power Forward
Florida Junior
02/25/85 (35.4 yrs)
New York, NY
High School
Team Site Profile
2006 Statistics
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills
93 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Tyson Chandler (higher basketball IQ)

Matthew Maurer – 12/13/2006

Strengths: Extremely long, fluid/mobile player who runs the court like a guard For his size, Noahs is a surprisingly solid ball handler This becomes evident when he gets the ball in the high post and dribbles past his man for a lay-up High energy player who plays games with great passion and intensity Great lateral quickness which enables him to be an excellent help defender when the perimeter defense breaks down Great motor, constantly moves without the ball in his hands trying to get open Passing ability is top notch for a player at his position Displays good touch around the basket Excellent finisher in transition where he converts with ease Offensively he has two crucial physical tools which will facilitate his back to the basket development: long arms and good hands Thanks to his aggressive play, Noah does a good job of drawling fouls from the opposition Tough minded kid who possess a warrior attitude in that he loves to compete and never backs down from physical play Is a great rebounder who understands how to use his frame and long arms Shows great body control as he is able to get knocked around and still finish Despite being a junior, Noah has untapped potential

Weaknesses: Upper body strength needs to improve which would benefit him in several ways. But it should be noted that his body type (narrow shoulders) suggests that he will never have much bulk … Despite being a solid shot blocker, he bites on pump fakes far too easy and lacks timing Picks up careless fouls due to his high energy level as he gets a little to aggressive Still goes through periods where he doesnt make the best decisions though not because of court intelligence but excess passion and intensity Offensively Noahs back to the basket game remains undeveloped Would really benefit in working on his post footwork, a turnaround jumper, and a solid up and under move Athletically he is not what one would call a superior athlete, gets everything though his strong will Double teams can trouble him as he fails to read and react quickly enough Lack of strength hurts him from setting up and getting good low post position Below average mid-range shooter who lacks consistency and must continue to expand his range. The mechanics on his shooting form is something out of a horror movie, and even with a lot of work on it hasnt shown much improvement (but he shoots free throws at a respectable clip) There will be some concern about what his natural NBA position is

Notes: Son of tennis legend Yannick Noah … Was the driving force in Florida’s 2006 National Championship run winning MVP of the tournament … Turned down being a likely top 3 draft pick in the 2006 draft, returning to school to help the Gators attempt to repeat as champs and improve his game.

Aran Smith – 3/23/2006

Strengths: Plays with great energy and passion … A fierce competitor, has the same drive to win as his tennis great father Yannick Noah … Great leadership ability, inspires his teammates to raise their level of play … Passes well from the high post, or when doubled inside … His ability to create shots for others is rare for a big … Has shown tremendous improvement from his freshman to sophomore season … Incredibly long wing span allows him to get dunks and rebounds that most players could not … A finesse player with good fluidity and agility in the open floor … Touch is decent around the basket … Free throw shooting has shown solid improvement … Good shot blocker because of his length … Raises his level of play in important games … Still learning the game …

Weaknesses: Struggles to fit an NBA position … Lacks a great body for an interior player, adding strength is a big question mark … Lacks the foot speed to play on the perimeter … Doesn’t have great offensive skills, gets most of his baskets in transition or rebounds … Has no shot outside of 5 feet … Needs to develop some inside moves … Narrow shoulders makes adding weight to his frame difficult … He is 227 pounds now and likely will max out around 235-240 … Gets pushed out of the lane by much smaller players due to his lack of lower body strength … His form on his shot is not always consistent, should work on his shot mechanics (they are easily correctable) …

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