It’s official: Joakim Noah and Luol Deng have been selected as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Deng will be making his second straight trip to the ASG. He’s currently averaging 17.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists with a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 15.2. He currently leads the league in minutes per game (39.8).
This will be Noah’s first All-Star appearance. He’s averaging career-highs in points (12.2), assists (4.0), blocks (2.1) and steals (1.3) to go with 10.9 rebounds per game. Noah is second on the Bulls in PER (16.9) and first in Win Shares (4.4). League-wide, he ranks ninth in minutes per game (38.3), eighth in blocks per game, eighth in total blocks (83), seventh in rebounds per game, seventh in total rebounds (435), seventh in total offensive rebounds (152), sixth in Defensive Rating (96.7) and second in Defensive Win Shares (3.2).
Noah said (via press release): “I’m extremely excited to be recognized as an All-Star for the first time. It’s more of a team honor than an individual honor, because it would not have been possible without my teammates and coaches. I look forward to representing my teammates and the Bulls organization during All-Star Weekend.”