2. Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah‘s prime in the NBA ended almost as quickly as it started. Noah was an all-star and one of the best big men in the game seven years ago and has since fallen off — and unless a team like the Lakers sign him —he will be out of the league.
Noah is an NBA fan-favorite. His tenacity on the defensive side of the ball made him who he was and is what led him to make three All-Defensive teams in his career.
He is not that same tenacious defender and is not going to really add much to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he can be a “break in case of emergency” big man for the team to have and probably would get a sliver of playing time in the regular season.
Noah signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for the NBA bubble this past season in hopes of winning a championship but it was to no avail. Let’s not forget: the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round.
Noah would be a great teammate to someone such as Kyle Kuzma, if he is on the team next season, and could especially help him on the defensive side of the floor. He might not see much time on the court, but he can still make an impact.
Seeing Noah in the purple and gold to give the NBA Championship one last run, albeit in a minimal role, is something that every basketball fan should be rooting for.