Team: Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats: 11.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.1 BPG
Playing without former MVP Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah emerged as a star last season for the Bulls. The outspoken center put up career highs in pretty much every statistical category, and for his effort was named to his first All-Star team at midseason and the All-Defensive First Team at the end of the year. Perhaps more importantly, he came to represent the high-intensity Bulls squad that exceeded practically all expectations and (especially by the playoffs) seemed to be running on fumes all season. While Noah's individual highlights (such as a ridiculous 23 point, 21 rebound, 11 block triple-double in February) were certainly plentiful, his ability to be a key cog on a successful team is really what makes him such a valuable player.