8. Joakim Noah
Team: Chicago Bulls
Stats: 11.8 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 2.0 BPG
Everyone wrote the Bulls off this year. Everyone except for the Bulls. With all the changes they made to their bench during the offseason, many felt like they would lose their edge. Not the case. Mainly in part to Joakim Noah's consistent play. The god got his jumper up and has been playing lockdown defense, along with a stacked stat line. Thibbs is gunning for another Coach of the Year nod, and Noah is cementing himself as one of the league's best big men (if he hasn't already). The Chi can rest easy until the prodigal son returns because they have another leader in Joakim.