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Taj Gibson | Forward | #22

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 245
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Taj Gibson will start at power forward on opening night.
Coach Fred Hoiberg has made the decision to start Gibson over Nikola Mirotic. Even though the Bulls now have limited long-range shooting in their starting lineup, Gibson outplayed Mirotic during the preseason and deserved to be named a starter. Nonetheless, Gibson and Mirotic will likely end up splitting minutes at power forward, decreasing the fantasy value of each player as they remain locked in a timeshare. Oct 25 - 2:04 PM

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said that he's still undecided on who will start at power forward on opening night.

If Hoiberg is making his decision based on the preseason, it should be Taj Gibson given he was easily Chicago's best option at the position. At this point, it would be surprising to see the team go in another direction. Gibson was awesome during the preseason and deserves a look at the end of standard drafts, just don't expect him to be one of those "upside" kind of picks.
Oct 22 - 3:29 PM

Taj Gibson scored 12 points with nine rebounds and one block in 26 minutes on Thursday.

For a player to leapfrog another on the depth chart, one player will have to have a strong October while the other struggles. That's exactly what happened with Taj going off and Nikola Mirotic (back) flopping and getting hurt. Maybe a guy like Rajon Rondo can get Gibson going, so give him a look in the last couple rounds to see what happens.
Oct 20 - 11:59 PM

Taj Gibson started Monday's game and had 12 points, six boards and two steals in just 17 minutes of action.

The veteran has been on fire all preseason and may have locked up the starting PF job alongside Robin Lopez, as guys like Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis have failed to separate themselves. Mirotic also suffered a strained lower back tonight, increasing the odds that Gibson will start on opening night.
Oct 17 - 11:06 PM

Taj Gibson's fantastic preseason continued on Friday against the Cavs B team, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 20 minutes.

He's also going to rest on Saturday. While it makes very little sense to start Gibson from a spacing standpoint, how can the Bulls not right now? He's been effective for all four games on both ends while Nikola Mirotic had one game. In his last two games, Gibson made 18-of-21 from the field in just 40 minutes. His awesome preseason puts him on the radar as a last-round pick.
Oct 14 - 10:39 PM

Taj Gibson will start at power forward vs. the Cavaliers on Friday.

Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis each had one start to their name prior to this report, so maybe this means Gibson has the edge right now. He has certainly earned it, scoring 20 points on 9-of-9 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in his last outing. Coach Fred Hoiberg still won't commit to a starting lineup, but Gibson could secure the job with another strong performance. Doug McDermott will replace Jimmy Butler (rest) at SF.
Oct 14 - 12:44 PM

Taj Gibson made all nine shots from the field and both free throws for 20 points on Saturday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

Nikola Mirotic had a good game after two nightmare outings, but he certainly didn't gain ground on Taj tonight. Even with Gibson playing very well this month, it just makes little sense to start him. He's shaping up to be a better bench four/five with a second unit having more output from deep. Gibson is more of a late-round pick.
Oct 8 - 11:09 PM

Taj Gibson put up a double-double during a 93-91 loss to the Bucks on Monday, scoring 11 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and one block in 22 minutes.

He's in a position battle with Nikola Mirotic and gave himself a comfortable lead after this game -- Mirotic made just 1-of-7 from the field and struggled on D. Gibson did also get some minutes at center, so he might be able to carve out a nice role if he can lock own the starting four job. He's still only a late-round pick in most leagues.
Oct 3 - 10:42 PM

Taj Gibson will start at power forward for Monday's preseason opener.

Before Nikola Mirotic's fantasy owners start to panic, coach Fred Hoiberg has already confirmed that he will give both Mirotic and Bobby Portis a look with the first unit during the preseason. The Bulls need floor spacing in the worst way, so Mirotic is still the favorite to start on opening night. As for Gibson, his outlook would significantly improve if he plays some backup center in addition to his minutes at the four, so that's something to keep an eye on.
Oct 3 - 12:05 PM

Taj Gibson said he worked on extending his shooting range this offseason.

Nikola Mirotic is the favorite to start at power forward simply for his floor spacing, but this report should help Gibson earn significant minutes in Chicago. He's expected to spend time at both the four and five, so that will help as well. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so he's just a late-round option. To be clear, coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't decided on a starting lineup yet.
Oct 1 - 9:39 AM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg wants to try some lineups with Taj Gibson at center.

Robin Lopez will be the starter, but if Gibson can play some center minutes that will also improve the outlook of both Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so his upside is pretty low. He's also a trade candidate as he enters the final year of his contract. If Gibson does play some center, Cristiano Felicio will have a hard time earning minutes.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't decided who will start at power forward this season.

Hoiberg simply called it an "open competition" and hinted that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will all spend some time with the first unit during the preseason. Mirotic is viewed as the favorite to start because the Bulls will need him to space the floor, but all three bigs should have a role. However, it's worth noting that Gibson will be a trade candidate this season because he is in the final year of a deal that will play him nearly $9 million, a bargain in today's NBA (ask Timofey Mozgov).
Source: Bulls Blog
Sep 27 - 9:32 PM

According to ESPN's Nick Friedell, Taj Gibson could be traded in the coming weeks.

With the Bulls rebuilding, this isn't a surprise and it's no secret that Chicago has listened to offers for Gibson in the past. He has just one year left on his deal that will pay him nearly $9 million, but he should have some value around the league. If the Bulls end up trading him, Bobby Portis' fantasy value would get a bump along with Nikola Mirotic.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 10:43 AM

Taj Gibson (ribs) and E'Twaun Moore (left hamstring) are out for the remainder of the season.

It's not a surprise for either player, and the Bulls are simply making it official rather than dragging it out over the final two games of the year. Gibson's absence will open up a real opportunity for Cristiano Felicio with Pau Gasol's (knee) campaign also over, while Moore's continued stint on the sidelines will provide a clear path to minutes for Aaron Brooks with Derrick Rose's (rest) year also over.

Taj Gibson (ribs) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

He is traveling with the team, but Gibson likely won't play again this season. The Bulls will be eliminated from playoff contention if the Pacers beat the Nets on Sunday, so Chicago doesn't have any incentive to risk Gibson. Expect Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic to continue to fill the void at power forward.
Apr 10 - 1:48 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Jerian Grant
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Isaiah Canaan
4R.J. Hunter
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Doug McDermott
3Paul Zipser
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio