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Taj Gibson | Forward | #67

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 245
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / CHI
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Taj Gibson made his Wolves' regular-season debut on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes.
Tom Thibodeau said before the game that having Gibson extend his 3-point range is important, because it's become "an essential part of the game." Taj finished 0-of-2 from deep tonight, but it sounds like he'll be encouraged to fire away as the season continues. He's still just a low-end big man while Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are healthy. Oct 19 - 3:03 AM

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Taj Gibson scored 18 points as the starting power forward against the Lakers on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

The band is back together and coach Tom Thibodeau will be using his boys after a letdown 2016-17. Thibs has talked about how he likes how Gibson can help switch 2-4, which was a major problem for the Wolves defense last season. He'll have a great chance to start during the season and he should be looking at minutes in the 20s with almost all of his minutes at the four. He's likely just going to be a low-end fantasy guy most nights.
Oct 1 - 12:56 AM

Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and Karl-Anthony Towns will start against the Lakers on Saturday.

This was expected based on how coach Tom Thibodeau loves Taj's perimeter defense and that's why they got him. Gibson's playing time should still be limited most nights because Gorgui Dieng will get his. It'll be interesting to see how the center minutes shake out, so we'll be watching for that.
Sep 30 - 8:41 PM

Taj Gibson was arrested early Thursday morning for driving with a suspended license.

Gibson, who agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with Timberwolves last week, was pulled over after allegedly making an illegal U-turn at approximately 2:45 a.m. He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Gibson's first court date is set for September 1st.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jul 8 - 9:37 AM

Taj Gibson has agreed to join the Wolves on a two-year, $28 million deal.

Coach Tom Thibodeau is getting the band back together with another one of his favorites from his Chicago days joining him in Minnesota. Gibson is past his prime at age 32, but it's still a nice move for the Wolves because of his ability to provide relief behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng at the four and five. Don't expect him to produce anything than more than low-end numbers in fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 2 - 12:03 PM

According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP.com, the Wolves are increasingly interested in Taj Gibson.

The Wolves appear to have moved on from their Paul Millsap pursuit, so you could say that Gibson is their backup plan. He was a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau during his Chicago days, so it's not a surprise that the Wolves are interested. The Thunder, Kings, Nets, Knicks, Lakers, Pacers and 76ers are all rumored to be interested in the 32-year-old veteran as well, so he could be looking at a nice raise.
Jul 2 - 11:39 AM

Taj Gibson said it would be his preference to re-sign with the Thunder as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"The goal is to try to stay. I would like to stay, but we have to wait and see. I love playing here in OKC," said Gibson. Gibson was a nice fit in OKC, but the Thunder will essentially go into this offseason with zero cap space after giving massive extensions to Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams, so Gibson will likely be wearing a different jersey next year unless he's willing to play for the minimum.
Apr 26 - 12:38 PM

Taj Gibson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 29 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

He played center for a good chunk of the time down the stretch and was very good on both ends. According to ESPN, Gibson held Harden to 1-of-5 from the field when he matched up against him, and OKC seemed fairly comfortable with a big on him today -- a big on Harden was their undoing in Game 1 and 2. Gibson's playing time seems fairly safe, especially since Steven Adams hasn't quite lived up to expectations.
Apr 22 - 12:31 AM

Taj Gibson started vs. Denver on Wednesday and notched 13 points, seven boards and two blocks in 22 minutes during OKC's 111-105 home loss.

The veteran missed one game to rest, even though he's averaged a mere 21.1 minutes per game since joining the Thunder. His role is simply too limited to expect much value in playoff-oriented fantasy leagues.
Apr 12 - 11:29 PM

Taj Gibson (rest) will play Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

Gibson will be returning from a rest day, which should result in Domantas Sabonis returning to the bench, but neither of these guys can be relied upon in fantasy hoops.
Apr 12 - 6:14 PM

Taj Gibson (rest) will not play Tuesday vs. Minnesota.

The Thunder are locked into the sixth seed and have chosen to rest three of their starters on Tuesday. Jerami Grant and Domantas Sabonis should see an uptick in minutes with Gibson on the sideline.
Apr 11 - 1:21 PM

Taj Gibson had eight points, seven rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday.

With tonight's victory, the Thunder clinched the No. 6 seed in the West. Gibson had another typically understated line, even though he logged more minutes than he has in the past month. As long as Enes Kanter (21 minutes) is healthy, there's no reason to expect fantasy value from Gibson.
Apr 5 - 11:10 PM

Taj Gibson (illness) was held to four points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 13 minutes during Sunday's home loss.

Gibson missed one game with the ailment but he slotted back into the starting unit tonight. Head coach Billy Donovan did say that "the strength of [the Thunder] is our size," but so far that hasn't translated to a boost in playing time for Gibson. He's a tough sell in most fantasy leagues since he's averaging just 20.9 minutes as a starter in OKC.
Apr 2 - 5:36 PM

Taj Gibson (illness) will start on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

He will be returning from a one-game absence and should see his normal workload after going through a full practice on Saturday. He's averaging 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks over his last 10 games, so most fantasy owners should be able to do better. Domantas Sabonis will return to the bench.
Apr 2 - 1:25 PM

Taj Gibson (illness) practiced on Saturday but remains questionable for Sunday's game vs. Charlotte.

If Gibson is unable to play on Sunday, Domantas Sabonis will draw another start at power forward. Sabonis has started 65 games this season and is averaging just 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.2 minutes in those starts. Enes Kanter would see an uptick in minutes off the OKC bench as well.
Apr 1 - 1:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Shabazz Muhammad
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich