The Bulls' Joakim Noah celebrates after being fouled during Sunday's game against the Miami Heat. | Getty Images
Updated: June 5, 2014 8:43PM
Bulls center Joakim Noah’s mantel got a bit more crowded and his wallet got a bit fatter.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Noah earned All-NBA first-team honors, joining Heat forward LeBron James, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Rockets guard James Harden.
Noah already had walked away with Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the All-Defensive first team. But first-team All-NBA for the first time is more than just hardware for Noah. It also means a $500,000 bonus.
It was a breakout year for Noah, 29, who made the Eastern Conference All-Star team for a second consecutive season. He finished sixth in rebounding (11.3 per game) and 12th in blocks (1.51), but his contributions couldn’t be measured only in numbers.
After point guard Derrick Rose went down with a season-ending right knee injury just 10 games into the season and Luol Deng was traded in January, Noah became the heart of a squad that won 48 games.
He was the Bulls’ undisputed leader and the team’s main facilitator on offense, averaging a career-best 5.4 assists.
Durant (625 points) and James (623) earned the most points in the voting system, and Noah was third with 551.
The All-NBA second team was made up of Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), Dwight Howard (Rockets), Stephen Curry (Warriors) and Tony Parker (Spurs).
Paul George (Pacers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers), Al Jefferson (Bobcats), Goran Dragic (Suns) and Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers) made up the third team.