Joakim Noah named All-NBA First Team

Joakim Noah named All-NBA First Team
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Bulls center Joakim Noah was named All-NBA First Team today, joining Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Derrick Rose as the only Bulls in history to earn this honor.

In addition to the honor and recognition, Noah also earned a $500,000 bonus for being named to the first team. While this is good news for Noah's wallet, it is bad news for the Bulls' salary cap situation. The Bulls will still be under the luxury tax threshold for this season, thanks to the Utah Jazz claiming Erik Murphy on waivers in March, but they will have less cap room this summer (if they choose that route).

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The reason is that for salary cap purposes, player bonuses are classified as "likely to be achieved" or "not likely to be achieved", usually based on whether or not the player earned the bonus the previous season. So Noah being named All-NBA First Team means that his cap figure for next season will be $12.7 million, $12.2 million in base salary plus $500k for a bonus that is likely to be achieved.(There have been various reports that Noah also earned a $500k bonus for being named Defensive Player of the Year, but I haven't been able to confirm that rumor and no major media source has reported it to my knowledge).

Noah has now hit the trifecta in postseason awards this year: Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive First Team, and now All-NBA First Team. He was the overwhelming choice for first team center, receiving 101 of the 125 votes. Second team center Dwight Howard received only nine first team votes.Noah received the third-most overall first team votes, with only LeBron James and Kevin Durant getting more love from the voters.

The complete All-NBA teams:

First Team
F- LeBron James
F- Kevin Durant
C- Joakim Noah
G- James Harden
G- Chris Paul

Second Team
F- Blake Griffin
F- Kevin Love
C- Dwight Howard
G- Stephen Curry
G- Tony Parker

Third Team
F- Paul George
F- LaMarcus Aldridge
C- Al Jefferson
G- Goran Dragic
G- Damian Lillard

 

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