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Taj Gibson | Forward | #22

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 245
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / CHI
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Taj Gibson finished Sunday's home game with six points on 2-of-9 shooting, five rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.
Gibson played solid defense but wound up with zero steals or blocks, and the inefficient shooting added insult to injury for anyone relying on him tonight. The veteran could overtake Domantas Sabonis as the starting PF, but until his minutes spike it's hard to trust him. Feb 26 - 9:55 PM

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Taj Gibson scored 12 points in his Thunder debut vs. the Lakers on Friday.

He played 21 minutes compared to 19 for Enes Kanter (arm), so this has the look of a potential timeshare going forward. Gibson shot 6-of-13 from the field and added four rebounds, one assist and one steal, but his fantasy value should trend down on his new team.
Feb 24 - 11:01 PM

Taj Gibson will be available to play and is expected to make his OKC debut on Friday night vs. the Lakers.

Domantas Sabonis has started at power forward for each of the Thunder's 57 games this season. It's unknown if Gibson will come off the bench on Friday. Gibson was playing over 27 minutes a night as the starter in Chicago. Even if he eventually starts in OKC, Enes Kanter (arm) is returning to the OKC lineup on Friday and Gibson will have to divvy minutes with Kanter. Thus, Thursday's trade will likely dimish Gibson's fantasy value going forward.
Feb 24 - 6:05 PM

Taj Gibson has been traded to the Thunder as part of a deal bringing Cameron Payne to Chicago, according to The Vertical.

Gibson gives the Thunder a veteran PF at a position of weakness, as they've been starting rookie Domantas Sabonis out of necessity all season. It's unclear whether Gibson might earn the starting job, and the return of Enes Kanter (arm) does him no favors, so this doesn't seem like an overly positive development for his fantasy value. The biggest winner here is Bobby Portis, who should step into the vacuum created by Gibson's departure.
Feb 23 - 2:52 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Taj Gibson has emerged as a trade target for the Thunder.

The 31-year-old PF is playing on a $8.95 million expiring contract, and with the Bulls considering a rebuild, his name has been in the rumor mill for a while. You would think that Gibson would get a short-term boost in OKC with Enes Kanter (arm) on the shelf, but the big man went through a non-contact practice on Wednesday and is said to be nearing a return. A trade would likely hurt Gibson's value, but Bobby Portis would instantly become relevant since coach Fred Hoiberg said that he is officially ahead of Nikola Mirotic on the depth chart. For now, the Bulls are asking for a first-round pick in return for Gibson.
Feb 23 - 9:06 AM

Taj Gibson said the trade rumors swirling around him aren't a concern.

"Of course it's gonna get hotter," Gibson said about the trade talk. "No matter what happens, you're still in the NBA. You're still getting paid a lot of money to play basketball. People don't understand that. They think it's bad half the time. No it's not. It's the same paycheck, just on a different team." Gibson is playing on an expiring contract and many expect the Bulls to shake things up at the deadline. Gibson was linked to the Raptors before they acquired Serge Ibaka, but any contenders in need of a PF will likely entertain the idea of adding Gibson if the price is right. To be clear, a trade could hurt his fantasy value.
Source: CSN Chicago
Feb 16 - 11:27 AM

Taj Gibson struggled with early foul trouble on Sunday, finishing an ugly loss vs. the Wolves with two points on 1-of-4 shooting, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 17 minutes.

Chicago finished their six-game road trip with a 2-4 record, and they were severely short-handed tonight. "It seems like that OKC game was 35 days ago and it was on the same road trip," said coach Fred Hoiberg. "We have to continue to fight and battle." Gibson was poised for a hefty role today but the fouls prevented him from going off, to the chagrin of many DFS owners.
Feb 12 - 6:11 PM

Taj Gibson scored 20 points in a 121-117 overtime loss to the Rockets on Friday.

With Cristiano Felicio leaving the game after seven minutes with a leg injury, Gibson saw all the minutes (36) he could handle along with Robin Lopez (41 minutes). Gibson shot 9-of-13 from the field and added six boards, three assists, one steal and one block. While his ceiling is going to be a bit higher if Felicio misses time, Gibson is just a low-end big with averages of 10.1 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks in his previous 10 games. He's also going to be a popular name at the trade deadline since he's playing on an expiring contract.
Feb 4 - 12:08 AM

Taj Gibson was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday, picking up eight points, eight rebounds, one block and a 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

His return sent Bobby Portis to the bench. Gibson recently attributed his decreased scoring to not playing alongside Rajon Rondo, as he did to start the season, and we don't see that changing any time soon. He's just a fringe option in competitive 12-team leagues.
Feb 2 - 12:27 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Thunder, sending Bobby Portis back to the bench.

The ankle injury will only end up costing Gibson one game on the sidelines, so it looks like this will be a non-issue moving forward. Portis didn't do much in his 14 minutes as a starter on Sunday, and he could be headed for a DNP-CD tonight. Gibson has been trending in the wrong direction over the past month, so he's not necessarily a must-start guy tonight with 12 games being played. As a side note, teams around the league have reportedly been inquiring about the availability of Gibson, so there's a chance he's moved at the deadline if the right deal comes along.
Feb 1 - 12:54 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) plans to play Wednesday night vs. OKC.

Gibson sat out Sunday's game due to the ankle injury, but was able to practice and appears on track to return to the lineup Wednesday night. GIbson's numbers have dipped recently, as he is averaging just 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds over the last five games he's appeared in. Hopefully his stats will bounce back once he moves past this nagging ankle issue.
Jan 31 - 1:43 PM

Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) is hopeful to play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

Gibson's numbers have taken a hit since the new year, but instead of blaming his troublesome left ankle he believes it has something to do with Rajon Rondo's reduced workload. "I was feeling right, but you have to look at different lineup changes," Gibson said on Sunday. "I was playing with [Rajon] Rondo most of the time. Rondo was giving a lot of assists. He was dishing, but just have to work through it." Gibson averaged 12.1 points and shot 53.5 percent from the field before Dec. 30, but since Rondo was moved to the bench Taj is at 10.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Gibson is day-to-day, but the Bulls only play twice this week which means weekly owners should look at other options.
Jan 30 - 9:27 AM

Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) won't play vs. the 76ers on Sunday.

Gibson missed Tuesday's game but returned on Friday, so it appears he may have come back too early. He had a cortisone shot but is only dealing with inflammation, and there is no structural damage. He's day-to-day and his absence opens up more playing time for Paul Zipser, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott.

Taj Gibson (ankle) scored six points with three rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He looked fine and the low minutes were due to the blowout. Gibson hasn't exactly lit it up lately and the numerous combinations for the rotation has hurt his consistency. Plus, a possible trade would likely hurt him, so Gibson's owners may want to see what is out there with so many hot pickups lately.
Jan 21 - 1:42 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will play Friday night vs. Atlanta, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

It's safe to assume Gibson will slide back into the starting lineup, which will bump Paul Zipser back to the bench, and likely out of the rotation altogether. Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott will also likely see a few less minutes on Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 11:59 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Semaj Christon
SG1Victor Oladipo
2Alex Abrines
SF1Andre Roberson
2Doug McDermott
3Jerami Grant
4Kyle Singler
5Josh Huestis
PF1Taj Gibson
2Domantas Sabonis
3Nick Collison
C1Steven Adams
2Enes Kanter
3Dakari Johnson