Last year at I thought Noah looked like a Kirilenko type. I think he might be better than that now, as Kirilenko was never this good as a rebounder. I shouldn't throw out this comp and I don't mean he's going to be such a player, but Noah has some characteristics of Bill Russell if you think about it. He's a winner, having been the vocal leader of back-to-back NCAA champions just like Russell; He's a defender, rebounder and passer first and a scorer second, just like Russell was. I'm not saying this is the next Russell, who's going to come into the league, be so dominating defensively that other players simply retire and start a dynasty. Russell was one of the bigger players in the league when he entered and during most of his career, while Noah is smallish for a PF/C. But I could see Noah using his rebounding abilities, passing skills and quickness on defense to trigger some killer fast breaks like Russell did during his career.
I'm probably going a little overboard there. It's likely my contrarian reaction to a terrific player being put under a microscope and unfairly downgraded. As for his future, I don't see Noah as a big time scorer in the NBA, and that could hurt him some whenever the hardware is handed out. I do see him as a very valuable player who does a lot of things well, piles up big numbers on rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, hits a very high percentage of his shots and generally does the things that help his team win. He'll be the type of player every team should want to have.