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Taj Gibson | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: USC
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While Taj Gibson isn't expected to start for the Bulls, he could still see solid minutes, especially in the fourth quarter of games.
"You can’t overlook Taj [Gibson]," Thibodeau said. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year. We’re going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys [Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Gibson] that I know we can finish with. I’m going to ask them all to sacrifice." Thibs also said he's not going to play all three bigs together much, if at all, but Gibson's value could see a spike if he's playing heavy fourth-quarter minutes. But unless there's an injury to Gasol or Noah, Gibson is going to be a tough player to use in most fantasy leagues. Sep 30 - 10:16 PM

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Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he doesn't like playing Taj Gibson next to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.

"The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don’t see that working in today’s NBA," Thibodeau said. Gibson is just going to be a backup and he's backing up a better player in Gasol than Carlos Boozer, so his outlook is a little more ominous this year despite his terrific performance in 2013-14. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues can probably shoot for higher upside unless they want to handcuff Gasol or Noah.
Sep 30 - 9:26 PM

Taj Gibson tweeted on Friday night that he likes coming off the bench.

There was a report that he likes coming off the bench earlier this week, which has been a big storyline all offseason. Gibson was probably going to start in Chicago after his breakout season in 2013-14, but the addition of Pau Gasol put the kibosh on that idea. He will probably have less fantasy value this year compared to last year.
Sep 20 - 9:18 AM

Taj Gibson is not thrilled with the possibility of coming off the bench next season.

Gibson, along with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will make up one of the best front courts in the NBA. However, when it comes to the starting lineup, there will be an odd-man out. Aggery Sam of CSN Chicago reports that Gibson is not happy with a reserve role. "Privately, Gibson isn’t too thrilled with the prospect of continuing to be a reserve, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, but the upbeat, team-first player values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction." Potential fantasy owners should not shy away from Gibson; he still holds a ton of fantasy value as a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau.
Sep 18 - 5:24 PM

Taj Gibson said he was never told he'd start and would have no problem coming off the bench.

The Bulls have a good problem to have with too many big men, and all of them are capable of playing power forward. With Pau Gasol likely to start, Gibson projects as a second-unit guy and he probably won't be eating up the majority of the fourth-quarter minutes at power forward like last season. Things were really looking up for a Gibson breakout a few weeks ago, but that seems a bit more unlikely now.
Jul 23 - 4:00 PM

Taj Gibson has been told he will start at power forward next season, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

He said he has been told to get his "body and mind right to be a starter." Gibson outplayed Carlos Boozer all season and played almost all of the minutes at power forward down the stretch, so this news is not surprising. The Bulls will undoubtedly be looking to unload Carlos Boozer, which means Gibson could look to build off a breakout 2013-14 campaign.
May 23 - 9:35 PM

Taj Gibson finished second in the 2013-14 Sixth Man of the Year voting.

After completing a breakout season, Gibson was rewarded by finishing second to Jamal Crawford in the voting process. The 28-year-old took a big step in his development this season and finished with averages of 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 blocks a game. He only played 28.7 minutes per game so there is even more room for his fantasy value to grow if the Bulls up his playing time in 2014-15.
May 8 - 12:59 PM

Taj Gibson suffered no structural damage to the left ankle he rolled in Game 5 against the Wizards.

Coach Thibodeau said that Gibson's injury was just a sprain, although he appeared to be in serious pain when it took place. His role with the Bulls will likely increase next season, making him a very attractive fantasy option at the power forward spot.
May 6 - 4:49 PM

Taj Gibson did not break his ankle during the Bulls' season-ending loss on Tuesday, but he'll be re-examined on Wednesday.

Gibson limped off the court and didn't return after rolling his ankle in the fourth quarter, and he said afterward that it was "real painful." He averaged 18.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in the postseason, confirming his place as a strong Sixth Man of the Year candidate, and he should be an even bigger part of Chicago's plans with Carlos Boozer likely outbound this summer.
Apr 30 - 9:51 AM

Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Game 5 and needed help leaving the court.

Carlos Boozer will see very rare minutes in the fourth quarter as a result of Gibson's injury. He came down awkwardly on his ankle and was in serious pain, and the fact that the Bulls' tough PF hobbled off the court suggests he's not going to return. The Bulls trailed by six points with their season on the line when Gibson left the game.
Apr 29 - 10:08 PM

Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau is pleased with Taj Gibson's growth this season.

In speaking of Gibson's playoff averages of 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.25 blocks, Thibodeau said, "It’s a reflection of his whole season. He continues to grow." The Bulls have more pressing things to worry about (like being down 3-1 to the Wizards), but Gibson's progress may force the Bulls hand in using their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer this summer. Gibson has played better than Boozer all season and could blossom into a very valuable fantasy asset if he carries his growth curve into the 2014-15 season.
Apr 29 - 1:34 PM

Taj Gibson made 13-of-16 from the field for a career-high 32 points with seven boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during a loss to the Wizards on Sunday.

Nobody else on his team scored more than half his point total and Gibson just cleaned up in the paint today. He's outplayed Carlos Boozer all season and there's really no way coach Tom Thibodeau is going to tweak his rotation despite Boozer's reported displeasure. Gibson's offensive game has really blossomed this year primarily due to him improving his jump-shooting percentage from 26.0 last year to 34.7 percent this year. He's a beast.
Apr 27 - 4:05 PM

Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole.
Apr 23 - 12:51 AM

Taj Gibson dominated against the Pacers on Monday with 23 points, eight boards, one assist and one block in 33 minutes.

He's struggled against the Pacers this season with averages of just 10.3 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 blocks in his previous three games against them, but the division-leading Pacers had no answer tonight. Gibson continues to put up terrific numbers off the bench and there's no reason to think he'll run out of gas the rest of the way.
Mar 24 - 11:47 PM

Taj Gibson hit 8-of-16 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 29 minutes of Saturday's win over the Sixers.

Carlos Boozer started, but played 24 minutes and had seven points and six rebounds tonight. Both players are worth using in most leagues, but despite coming off the bench, Gibson is the better bet for a bigger game on most nights.
Mar 22 - 11:20 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Kirk Hinrich
3Aaron Brooks
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed