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Taj Gibson | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 235
College: USC
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Taj Gibson scored nine points with 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.
Gibson is starting to heat up in his last last five, averaging 8.0 points, 5.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 blocks in 24.8 minutes. His 31 minutes were his most this season and he's been above 22 in each of his last five -- he didn't play more than 22 in his first five games. Gibson doesn't have a big upside and is more of a 14-team guy. Nov 16 - 10:58 PM

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Taj Gibson played 20 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three blocks.

These are good per-minute numbers but we'd like to see him make a move within the rotation before advising a pickup outside of deep formats.
Oct 31 - 12:48 AM

Taj Gibson said that offseason left ankle surgery has him feeling "strong and explosive."

"I feel comfortable in this offense," he said. "I feel like I'm back in college, playing freely. Coach has been looking for me ... My teammates have been looking for me." Gibson is averaging 13.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 20.3 minutes over Chicago's past three exhibitions. Unfortunately, while Chicago is at full strength he's not an appealing option in typical fantasy formats.
Oct 25 - 9:58 PM

Taj Gibson scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 23 minutes on Friday.

The Bulls are so loaded up front. Nikola Mirotic (14 points, five boards and one 3-pointer), Pau Gasol (11 points, nine rebounds and three assists), Joakim Noah (eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block) and Bobby Portis (five points and four boards) all looked good. Coach Fred Hoiberg may actually shift Mirotic to the three more, which helps all of these guys. Gibson still isn't a target in standard leagues.
Oct 23 - 11:36 PM

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said he was happy with Taj Gibson's play in Monday's game against Charlotte.

Gibson scored 14 points to go with nine rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes and Hoiberg was happy with the effort. "Taj was outstanding tonight," said Hoiberg. "It was great to have him back out there playing a little bit more minutes." Gibson could be a valuable player to fantasy owners if the Bulls experience any injuries, but he's nothing more than a late-round flier in his current situation.
Oct 20 - 10:45 AM

Taj Gibson scored 14 points during a 94-86 loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding nine rebounds and one assists in just 17 minutes.

Yes, this comes against one of the worst frontcourt defenses in the NBA, but credit to Taj for getting on the offensive glass for his best preseason game. With Nikola Mirotic ahead of him and Bobby Portis champing at the bit to hop over Taj, it's tough to target him.
Oct 19 - 10:40 PM

Taj Gibson (left ankle surgery) returned to action on Wednesday, scoring four points with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes vs. the Pistons.

Gibson admitted that he was tentative in his first game back after such a lengthy absence. He's as tough as they come and we aren't overly concerned about his health, but Gibson's fantasy value is still wobbly. Joakim Noah is healthier than he was last season, rookie PF Bobby Portis may force his way into the rotation, and Gibson's game has never been very fantasy-friendly. There should be many more appealing big men available in the final rounds.
Oct 14 - 11:35 PM

Taj Gibson (left ankle) is a go for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Pistons.

Gibson had been withheld from the Bulls' past two preseason games as a precaution, but he'll be able to get back on the court tonight. However, he'll again be fighting for minutes in a very crowded frontcourt rotation in Chicago, so he's not going to be worth owning in standard leagues while Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are healthy.
Oct 14 - 12:33 PM

Taj Gibson (left ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday, and Fred Hoiberg is hopeful he will be able to play in Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

Gibson has missed the Bulls' past two preseason games as a precautionary measure, but it sounds like he'll be on the floor Wednesday. However, he'll be struggling to find consistent playing time playing in Chicago's loaded frontcourt, so he doesn't make for a strong target in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 13 - 3:37 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will miss Thursday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

The decision to make Gibson inactive for Thursday is just precautionary, so fantasy owners don't have to worry about anything long-term after offseason ankle surgery. Gibson is expected to be ready to for for the start of the regular season, but isn't much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's mired in a crowded Bulls frontcourt.
Oct 8 - 1:38 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

It's just a precautionary move after Gibson's offseason ankle surgery. Everything has been going well in his rehab and recovery, and Gibson is expected to be ready to go right around the time the regular season begins.
Oct 5 - 1:50 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) said that he's feeling much better at this year's training camp after playing through pain for much of the 2014-15 season.

"You play with a torn ligament and you just get accustomed to playing hurt," said Gibson. Gibson will again be playing in a very crowded rotation this season, featuring Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, so it'll be tough for him to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 3:58 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will still be limited in training camp.

He isn't cleared for two-a-day workouts yet. Gibson is likely looking at a smaller role this year while the team gets Nikola Mirotic more involved. Gibson won't have much value while the team is healthy.
Sep 28 - 3:26 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) has progressed to running, cutting and one-on-one drills, though his return date is still uncertain.

A mid-October return would have him available for the preseason, but Chicago is sure to play it safe with their 30-year-old big man. "I’ve been feeling great," Gibson said. "But Coach Fred [Hoiberg] and everybody just wants me to take it slow." The emergence of Nikola Mirotic has tightened the Bulls' frontcourt rotation and there isn't much incentive to draft Gibson, who has yet to return top-100 value in his six-year NBA career.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 15 - 10:41 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) said that he is excited to play in head coach Fred Hoiberg's up-tempo system.

"Over the years, I’ve played a halfcourt set where we had to walk it up. In California (at USC), I was used to running and being athletic," Gibson said. "Coach Fred calls me all the time and told me he felt I left so much on the table playing in halfcourt, dictated, the way our offense was. Not taking anything away from (Tom Thibodeau) and the way we played. He was a great coach, taught me a lot. But moving from that kind of offense to this kind of offense is going to be exciting." Gibson is also ahead of schedule in his rehab from ankle surgery, but playing time won't come easy this season in a crowded frontcourt that includes Nikola Mirotic, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol.
Sep 12 - 12:18 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Aaron Brooks
3Kirk Hinrich
SG1Jimmy Butler
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Tony Snell
2Doug McDermott
3Mike Dunleavy
PF1Nikola Mirotic
2Taj Gibson
3Bobby Portis
4Cristiano Felicio
C1Pau Gasol
2Joakim Noah
3Cameron Bairstow