However, for a team that is insistent on running some form of the triangle offense, Noah (if healthy) could be a good fit.
Noah has always struggled to stay on the court, but he played 67 games during the 2014-15 season, and his ability to pass the ball during that time elevated his scoring efficiency. In transition, he scored just 0.83 points per possession, but lifted that up to 1.5 points per possession when accounting for his passing. In the half-court sets, his scoring efficiency went from 0.75 to 1.2 points per possession after including his assists.
This ability to create ball movement led then-Coach Tom Thibodeau to have Noah run the Bulls’ “point-center offense.” Fansided contributor Michael Kanoy explains that it’s a variation of the triangle in which Noah positioned himself “at the high post (top of the key) and looks for back-cutting players or shooters who get open off screening traps (elevator) or movement traps (Hoiball).”
Point guard Derrick Rose, whom New York acquired for center Robin Lopez along with guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, was also part of that triangle offense under Thibodeau, giving New York a sense of familiarity with so many new faces on the roster for the upcoming season.
In this example from 2015 against Miami, Noah sets a screen for Rose before running a pinch post — a play designed to utilize the high post on the help side of the floor when passing out of the triangle — before setting another screen for Rose on his way to the basket for the dunk.
Here’s another example of the Bulls’ version of the triangle from a 2014 game against the Knicks, in which Noah finds a cutting Carlos Boozer for an easy two-point play.
No deals can be officially signed until July 7, but if the Knicks are going to spend money on a big-name free agent center instead of a shooting guard, Noah, a former all-star, certainly does make sense.
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