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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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Taj Gibson made 10-of-12 field goals in Wednesday's season opener vs. New York, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
The Knicks' frontcourt is dismal, which makes Gibson's line less impressive, but it's still encouraging to see him thrive in a bench role behind Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. He's a solid source of rebounds and blocks, but in general fantasy owners should view him as a late-round option at best. Oct 30 - 1:20 AM

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Taj Gibson came off the bench for 11 points and four rebounds on 4-of-10 shooting Saturday.

He's going to be stifled playing behind Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, but is still worth targeting late in fantasy drafts. And if one of his big teammates goes down, he will make a lot of noise when thrown into the Bulls starting mix.
Oct 11 - 11:49 PM

Taj Gibson hit 8-of-10 shots on his way to 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 31 minutes on Tuesday night.

Joakim Noah was getting the night off for rest, which explains most of what you need to know about Gibson. He's going to be a must-start in daily leagues any time Pau Gasol or Noah are out, but should struggle with consistency when they're playing. He's still worth drafting in all leagues, but he'd be a much more interesting player to own if the Bulls wouldn't have replaced Carlos Boozer with Gasol last summer.
Oct 8 - 12:22 AM

Taj Gibson ran with the starters for some of Bulls Thursday practice.

"We know how important Taj is to our team," head coach Tom Thibodeau said. Much was made of whether Gibson or Pau Gasol would be starting for the Bulls this season, but it is obvious that Gibson will see close to starters minutes regardless. This good be Thibs simply trying to keep one of his favorite players happy, as all signs point to Gasol starting at power forward next season.
Oct 2 - 3:57 PM

Taj Gibson, who added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame over the summer, says he's disappointed at not winning last season's Sixth Man of the Year Award (won by Jamal Crawford).

"It was great to be amongst the names of guys like J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom," Gibson said. "I was kind of disappointed I didn't win it, but that's more fuel for my fire to push forward." Gibson should still see solid fourth-quarter minutes this season, but we'd like his chances for fantasy success a lot more if he wasn't playing behind Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Oct 1 - 8:09 PM

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

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

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