"Joakim Noah A great back up for Nance it appears but the rebounding is a bit light for backing up Gasol. Very good defense, plays clean and rebounds really well at SF. I expected a different player to be taken here. But the holes in the team aren't that great. However, when you take Lebron you expect the defensive rebounding to be much better than average and to me this is the one area where the team is going to end up about average."
Vance, now I think you're selling this pick a little short. As I mentioned before, it's a long time until I get to pick again, and Noah offers me one key thing: flexibility. He has three seasons (09-10, 10-11, 11-12) that I can use depending on what makes it back to me. All provide good defense, but if I want to take a weaker defensive rebounder in round 6 I can use 09-10 Noah and his 80 defense. If few great rebounders make it back, I can use 09-10 and his 12%/26% rebounding rates as my primary rebounder. And I can use that 11-12 season to back up the 3/4, and switch to 09-10 Gasol (2400 minutes) to get better rebounding and clear out more space for rebounding, if there's any left worth drafting.
So - I'm in a position where I can go for weak defense if I have to in the 6th, I can either go big with Noah backing up the 3/4 or smaller with someone else backing up the 2/3 if someone I like falls. Always good to have options in the 6th if you have to wait this long to pick.