Joakim Noah, C

With a lofty contract come lofty expectations.

Noah, who was inked to a pact with an AAV of $18 million, is replacing Robin Lopez, the lanky center who had a tremendous 2015-16 campaign.

“He’s a great passer, high-energy guy,” Porzingis said. “I love playing with guys like that who get on other team’s nerves maybe sometimes. He’s that type of guy. Me and him can have a really special connection.


Noah is a dominant defender (2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year) with rebounding prowess and shot-blocking acumen. He’s feisty, hard-working and mobile, and one of the best passers in the league. The Knicks aren’t starving for leadership, but Noah brings that to the table, too.

The knocks on him include criticism revolving around his slimmish frame, which has taken a beating. He’s injury-prone and often cocky. Additionally, his offensive game isn’t very polished.


Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.