Mar 24, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Bulls scored against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at the United Center. the Chicago Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers 89-77. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Thibodeau: Joakim Noah deserves MVP consideration

Despite once again losing former MVP Derrick Rose for the season, the Chicago Bulls have put together a nice season.

They have a record of 41-32 and lead the Brooklyn Nets by 1.5 games for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.

According to Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau, Joakim Noah has been the biggest season for their success and his eyes, he’s an MVP canddiate.

“It depends on how you define [who deserves MVP consideration],” Thibodeau said via Basketball Insiders. “For us, I think he does. What he’s meant to our team over the course of the season — we faced a lot of adversity. He helped lift the team up and he’s improved, I think, significantly offensively. The defense has always been great, the rebounding. And it’s more than just the passing. It’s his scoring now, making quicker decisions. I think that’s helped us a lot.”

Noah doesn’t believe he should be an MVP candidate, claiming Rose is the team’s only MVP.

On the season, Noah is averaging 12.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.

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