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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 made 6-of-7 shots for 12 points on Sunday, adding four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a mere 17 minutes of action.
OKC was forced to stick with smaller lineups against the run-and-gun Rockets today, which limited Taj's opportunities. He's averaging just 21.9 minutes with OKC and that number hasn't increased much as a starter, so he can be left untouched in most leagues. Mar 26 - 7:34 PM

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Taj Gibson scored four points with four rebounds in 16 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

Garbage time did keep his minutes down slightly and also the youngster behind him were playing well. Gibson's team may have changed, but he's still that low-upside big who will have good and bad games through the course of a week. Most owners will probably want to shoot a little higher.
Mar 18 - 6:03 PM

Taj Gibson scored 10 points with four rebounds, one assist and two blocks against the Raptors on Thursday.

He's been fairly solid in his last three games with averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 steals. Gibson isn't really going to be a difference maker, but he's still a solid guy to have because he is unlikely to rest. His low upside makes him worth a look in some leagues after the hot pickups were grabbed.
Mar 16 - 10:10 PM

Taj Gibson (hip) scored 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's 122-104 win over the Nets.

He injured his hip back on Saturday and sat out of Sunday's practice as a precaution. A lot of teams rest their studs or veterans against the Nets if they aren't 100 percent, so it's a great sign that Gibson played. He grabbed eight rebounds with one block and one steal in 24 minutes, but this doesn't change the fact that his value has tanked since his move to OKC. He was averaging 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in his previous nine games, so he's safe to leave on the wire in most formats.
Mar 14 - 10:54 PM

Taj Gibson (hip) will start vs. the Nets on Tuesday night.

Gibson injured his hip on Saturday. Although he did not return to the game, he was available according to the team. Gibson also missed practice on Sunday but is apparently healthy enough to suit up for Tuesday's matchup in Brooklyn. However, Gibson has not been a fantasy factor since his arrival in OKC and can be left on waivers in standard leagues.
Mar 14 - 12:27 PM

Taj Gibson (hip) did not participate during Sunday's practice.

Gibson was forced out of Saturday's game with the hip issue, and while he was deemed available to play, he didn't actually return to the court. Luckily, the Thunder are off until Tuesday vs. Brooklyn, so Gibson has plenty of time to rest up his injury. As for his fantasy value, Gibson has been a non-factor since arriving in OKC, ranking well outside the top-200 with averages of 7.8 points, 4.6 boards and not much else, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 12 - 3:31 PM

Taj Gibson scored 15 points with six rebounds in 22 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

He did suffer a left hip injury in the second half and went to the locker room for a couple minutes. Gibson returned quickly to the bench and was called available to return, but OKC didn't need him. He didn't do too much in the start on Thursday, so most owners will want to see him do it again before adding him. OKC only has three games this week.
Mar 11 - 6:01 PM

Taj Gibson scored seven points with three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes during his start against the Spurs on Thursday.

It's not the most impressive game for Gibson in his first start with his new team. He might start trending up with this new lineup working out, but Gibson is only a lukewarm add because he's likely just going to be good for boards and blocks.
Mar 10 - 12:18 AM

Taj Gibson is starting over Domantas Sabonis against the Spurs on Thursday.

This move is way overdue for the Thunder. Sabonis has been a no-show since the Enes Kanter arm injury and that's likely what motivated the move to get Gibson. The former Bull has not been very good in his last three, averaging 4.0 points, 4.7 boards and 0.3 blocks. There is opportunity here, but most owners can wait to see how he fares tonight before making a move.
Mar 9 - 6:29 PM

Taj Gibson scored three points with four rebounds and one block in 14 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

The Suns ran the Thunder ragged in this game, so it just didn't suit Gibson and he did look fairly slow. Plus, the back-to-back factor may have wore him down. Gibson should be on the radar in standard leagues and figures to bounce back on Sunday against the Mavs against a much, much slower team.
Mar 4 - 1:24 AM

Taj Gibson scored 15 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

He hit what has to be one of the most ridiculous shots of the season for just the fourth 3-pointer of his career (video in link below). Gibson's playing time continues to rise and he's only going to get competition from Domantas Sabonis, who has been bad -- the Thunder aren't using Enes Kanter at PF as much now. Gibson obviously won't be this good, but he's worth a long look in standard leagues.
Mar 3 - 1:31 AM

Taj Gibson came off the bench again and played 26 minutes for seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Jazz.

The Thunder didn't acquire Gibson so that Domantas Sabonis can continue to start, especially with Enes Kanter also coming off the bench. Expect Gibson to eventually overtake Sabonis as the starter and once that happens, his stat lines should look much better. But for now, he looks like a player who should be benched on nights when you have other options.
Mar 1 - 12:19 AM

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

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