Least Valuable Player: Joakim Noah
This was argubaly the easiest award to hand out in the slideshow. There is no one, outside of maybe Phil Jackson and the front office, that disappointed as much during the 2016-17 season as Joakim Noah.
An argument could be made for Derrick Rose here, but at least he did help the Knicks at times on the court. Noah was unable to have much of an impact as he spent so much time on the sideline.
Noah battled injuries right out of the gate. He had a hamstring injury in training camp that slowed him down. He battled that hamstring injury again in the regular season, also dealing with shoulder and knee ailments.
He eventually underwent knee surgery, which was expected to end his season. While rehabbing, he was suspended for 20-games for violating the league’s drug policy. Adding to that, Noah is also considering undergoing shoulder surgery, which would put his availability this offseason and for the beginning of the 2017-18 season in jeopardy.
Noah will miss at least the first 12 games of the season as he finished his suspension. There is a chance he could miss more if he is not cleared by an independent doctor to return to the court. This signing looks worse and worse with every passing day.