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Taj Gibson

32-Year-Old       Minnesota Timberwolves

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

11.0

REB

8.5

AST

1.5

STL

0.9

BLK

0.6

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Gibson spent the first part of last season in Chicago, where he had played his entire career, before being dealt to the Thunder at the trade deadline. During the 2016-17 campaign, he averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds across 25.5 minutes per game while shooting 51.5 perce...

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HT: 6' 9"   WT: 225 lbs   DOB: 6/24/1985  College: USC   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #26 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the Timberwolves in July of 2017.

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Gibson collected 16 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 victory over the Clippers.

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Taj Gibson NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 24 82 26.9 9.0 7.5 0.9 0.6 1.3 0.0 49.4 64.6 1.4 2.8 4.7 0.0 0.0 3.8 7.7 1.4 2.1
2010-11 25 CHI 80 21.8 7.1 5.7 0.7 0.5 1.3 0.0 46.6 67.6 0.9 2.0 3.7 0.1 12.5 2.9 6.3 1.3 1.9
2011-12 26 CHI 63 20.4 7.7 5.3 0.7 0.4 1.3 0.0 49.5 62.2 1.0 2.1 3.1 0.0 0.0 3.2 6.4 1.3 2.1
2012-13 27 CHI 65 22.4 8.0 5.3 0.9 0.4 1.4 0.0 48.5 67.9 1.2 1.9 3.4 0.1 0.0 3.3 6.8 1.4 2.0
2013-14 28 CHI 82 28.7 13.0 6.8 1.1 0.5 1.4 0.0 47.9 75.1 1.8 2.4 4.4 0.1 0.0 5.2 10.9 2.6 3.4
2014-15 29 CHI 62 27.3 10.3 6.4 1.1 0.6 1.2 0.0 50.2 71.7 1.2 2.6 3.8 0.0 0.0 4.1 8.2 2.1 3.0
2015-16 30 CHI 73 26.5 8.6 6.9 1.5 0.6 1.1 0.0 52.6 69.2 1.1 2.8 4.1 0.0 0.0 3.6 6.8 1.4 2.0
2016-17 31 CHI 55 27.3 11.6 6.9 1.1 0.5 0.9 0.0 52.1 71.4 1.4 2.2 4.8 0.2 16.7 5.0 9.6 1.5 2.2
2016-17 31 OKC 23 21.2 9.0 4.5 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.0 49.7 71.8 1.2 1.7 2.8 0.0 100.0 3.9 7.8 1.2 1.7
2016-17 31 CHI/OKC 78 25.5 10.8 6.2 0.9 0.5 0.8 0.0 51.5 71.5 1.3 2.0 4.2 0.2 23.1 4.7 9.1 1.4 2.0
2017-18 32 MIN 28 33.5 11.0 8.5 1.5 0.9 0.6 0.2 53.9 80.6 1.4 2.8 5.7 0.7 26.3 4.4 8.1 2.1 2.6
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Taj Gibson NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 36.7 9.7 11.7 1.3 0.7 2.0 0.0 52.2 50.0 1.3 3.7 8.0 0.7 0.0 4.0 7.7 1.7 3.3
Last 14 Days 7 37.3 11.7 9.3 1.9 0.7 0.9 0.1 51.8 82.1 1.7 2.9 6.4 0.6 25.0 4.1 8.0 3.3 4.0
Last 30 Days 16 36.2 12.0 9.3 1.6 0.7 0.7 0.2 53.7 78.9 1.4 2.9 6.3 0.6 30.0 4.5 8.4 2.8 3.6
Last 5 Games 5 37.4 12.6 10.2 1.6 0.6 1.2 0.0 51.2 79.2 1.2 3.6 6.6 0.6 0.0 4.4 8.6 3.8 4.8
Last 10 Games 10 37.6 12.2 9.8 1.8 0.6 0.7 0.1 55.7 76.7 1.7 3.2 6.6 0.5 20.0 4.9 8.8 2.3 3.0
Last 20 Games 20 35.2 12.1 9.4 1.5 0.8 0.7 0.2 53.5 79.7 1.3 3.1 6.3 0.7 23.1 4.6 8.6 2.8 3.5

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Taj Gibson
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 12 PHI 112-118 40 7 12 2 2 2 1 3 9 1 4 0 1 5 7 6
Dec 10 DAL 97-92 34 6 9 0 0 1 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 2
Dec 6 @LAC 107-113 36 16 14 2 0 3 1 7 10 2 4 0 1 4 10 3
Dec 4 @MEM 95-92 37 14 5 4 1 0 1 4 11 6 6 0 1 1 4 2
Dec 3 LAC 112-106 40 20 11 0 0 0 1 6 9 8 8 0 0 6 5 1
Dec 1 @OKC 111-107 36 9 4 1 1 0 4 3 6 2 2 1 1 0 4 4
Nov 29 @NOP 102-120 38 10 10 4 1 0 2 4 7 2 2 0 0 2 8 1
Nov 28 WAS 89-92 41 16 11 1 0 0 1 8 13 0 2 0 0 3 8 2
Nov 26 PHO 119-108 37 16 14 3 1 0 3 8 12 0 0 0 0 7 7 0
Nov 24 MIA 97-109 37 8 8 1 0 1 1 4 7 0 0 0 1 2 6 3
Nov 22 ORL 124-118 40 24 9 2 2 1 0 8 11 8 10 0 0 3 6 2
Nov 20 @CHA 118-102 29 1 6 2 1 1 2 0 4 1 2 0 0 2 4 5
Nov 19 DET 97-100 31 10 6 1 1 1 1 5 10 0 0 0 1 3 3 6
Nov 17 @DAL 87-111 34 10 11 2 0 0 1 2 5 6 6 0 0 3 8 0
Nov 15 SAS 98-86 30 10 8 1 0 0 0 3 8 3 4 1 2 2 6 3
Nov 13 @UTA 98-109 39 15 10 0 1 1 2 5 8 4 5 1 2 2 8 4
Nov 11 @PHO 118-110 37 16 12 0 2 0 0 6 11 4 6 0 2 6 6 4
Nov 8 @GSW 125-101 27 14 7 0 0 0 1 5 10 4 4 0 1 0 7 2
Nov 5 CHA 112-94 29 8 10 0 1 0 1 4 9 0 0 0 0 3 7 4
Nov 4 DAL 112-99 31 12 10 4 2 2 1 5 8 2 2 0 0 6 4 2
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Nov 1 @NOP 98-104 34 11 12 1 2 0 1 5 8 0 0 1 1 3 9 5
Oct 30 @MIA 122-125 31 7 4 0 1 0 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 3
Oct 27 OKC 119-116 36 16 8 3 2 2 2 8 12 0 0 0 1 5 3 3
Oct 25 @DET 122-101 24 6 3 3 0 2 1 2 5 2 2 0 0 1 2 4
Oct 24 IND 107-130 22 6 2 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Oct 22 @OKC 113-115 33 11 10 2 1 0 4 5 7 0 0 1 1 2 8 0
Oct 20 UTA 100-97 26 4 8 1 2 0 1 2 5 0 0 0 1 3 5 1
Oct 18 @SAS 107-99 27 6 4 3 1 0 2 3 11 0 0 0 2 2 2 3
Taj Gibson Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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True Shooting Percentage

59.5%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Taj Gibson has a true shooting percentage of 59.5%.

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Taj Gibson NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 24 82 36.0 12.0 10.0 1.1 0.8 1.7 0.0 49.4 64.6 1.9 3.7 6.3 0.0 0.0 5.1 10.3 1.8 2.9
2010-11 25 CHI 80 36.0 11.8 9.5 1.2 0.8 2.2 0.0 46.6 67.6 1.5 3.3 6.1 0.2 12.5 4.8 10.4 2.1 3.1
2011-12 26 CHI 63 36.0 13.6 9.3 1.3 0.8 2.3 0.0 49.5 62.2 1.7 3.8 5.5 0.0 0.0 5.6 11.3 2.4 3.8
2012-13 27 CHI 65 36.0 12.8 8.5 1.5 0.7 2.2 0.0 48.5 67.9 1.9 3.1 5.4 0.1 0.0 5.3 10.9 2.2 3.2
2013-14 28 CHI 82 36.0 16.4 8.5 1.4 0.6 1.7 0.0 47.9 75.1 2.3 3.1 5.5 0.1 0.0 6.6 13.7 3.2 4.3
2014-15 29 CHI 62 36.0 13.6 8.4 1.5 0.8 1.6 0.0 50.2 71.7 1.6 3.4 5.0 0.0 0.0 5.4 10.8 2.8 3.9
2015-16 30 CHI 73 36.0 11.7 9.4 2.0 0.9 1.4 0.0 52.6 69.2 1.5 3.8 5.5 0.1 0.0 4.9 9.3 1.9 2.7
2016-17 31 CHI 55 36.0 15.3 9.2 1.4 0.6 1.2 0.0 52.1 71.4 1.8 2.9 6.3 0.3 16.7 6.6 12.7 2.0 2.9
2016-17 31 OKC 23 36.0 15.3 7.6 1.0 1.0 1.1 0.1 49.7 71.8 2.1 2.8 4.8 0.1 100.0 6.6 13.2 2.1 2.9
2016-17 31 CHI/OKC 78 36.0 15.3 8.8 1.3 0.7 1.2 0.1 51.5 71.5 1.9 2.9 5.9 0.2 23.1 6.6 12.8 2.0 2.9
2017-18 32 MIN 28 36.0 11.9 9.1 1.7 1.0 0.7 0.2 53.9 80.6 1.5 3.0 6.1 0.7 26.3 4.7 8.8 2.2 2.8
Rest Of Season Projections 32 MIN 53 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Taj Gibson
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Taj Gibson NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 24 82 2204 735 611 70 50 104 0 49.4 64.6 114 226 385 0 0.0 311 629 113 175
2010-11 25 CHI 80 1742 569 458 58 39 106 1 46.6 67.6 71 162 296 8 12.5 234 502 100 148
2011-12 26 CHI 63 1284 484 332 47 27 81 0 49.5 62.2 60 135 197 0 0.0 200 404 84 135
2012-13 27 CHI 65 1459 517 345 61 27 90 0 48.5 67.9 76 125 220 4 0.0 214 441 89 131
2013-14 28 CHI 82 2351 1069 558 91 41 112 0 47.9 75.1 150 200 358 7 0.0 429 896 211 281
2014-15 29 CHI 62 1692 640 396 71 36 75 0 50.2 71.7 77 162 234 0 0.0 254 506 132 184
2015-16 30 CHI 73 1936 627 504 106 47 77 0 52.6 69.2 78 206 298 3 0.0 263 500 101 146
2016-17 31 CHI 55 1502 639 382 60 27 50 2 52.1 71.4 77 120 262 12 16.7 276 530 85 119
2016-17 31 OKC 23 487 207 103 13 14 15 1 49.7 71.8 28 38 65 1 100.0 89 179 28 39
2016-17 31 CHI/OKC 78 1989 846 485 73 41 65 3 51.5 71.5 105 158 327 13 23.1 365 709 113 158
2017-18 32 MIN 28 937 309 238 43 25 18 5 53.9 80.6 39 79 159 19 26.3 123 228 58 72
Rest Of Season Projections 32 MIN 53 1497 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Taj Gibson
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Taj Gibson NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2009-10 24 82 26.9 52.1 49.4 7.9 12.8 0.6 13.1
2010-11 25 CHI 80 21.8 50.2 46.7 8.3 10.2 0.8 10.5
2011-12 26 CHI 63 20.4 52.2 49.5 8.2 10.5 0.8 10.4
2012-13 27 CHI 65 22.4 51.8 48.5 9.6 12.0 0.8 10.7
2013-14 28 CHI 82 28.7 52.4 47.9 7.2 11.9 0.6 14.4
2014-15 29 CHI 62 27.3 54.5 50.2 9.7 10.5 0.9 13.5
2015-16 30 CHI 73 26.5 55.6 52.6 14.2 10.4 1.4 13.7
2016-17 31 CHI 55 27.3 54.9 52.3 8.3 10.7 0.8 14.4
2016-17 31 OKC 23 21.2 52.8 50.0 5.5 11.8 0.5 9.7
2016-17 31 CHI/OKC 78 25.5 54.3 51.7 7.6 11.0 0.7 13.0
2017-18 32 MIN 28 33.5 59.5 55.0 12.6 11.4 1.1 17.0
Rest Of Season Projections 32 MIN 53 28.2 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Taj Gibson
2017-18 Projections 32 MIN 75 23.8 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Taj Gibson

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Gibson finished with 24 points (8-11 FG, 8-10 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 124-118 victory over the Magic.

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Gibson scored just one point and was 0-for-4 from the field in 29 minutes in Monday's loss at Charlotte. He had six rebounds and one block.

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Gibson recorded 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds one steal and one block in 39 minutes during Monday's 109-98 victory over the Jazz

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Gibson supplied 16 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds and two steals across 37 minutes in Saturday's 118-110 loss to the Suns.

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Gibson posted 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 win over the Thunder.

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Gibson started at power forward and scored six points with four rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio. However, he was just 3-of-11 from the field and was 0-for-2 from three-point range.

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Gibson started at power forward and scored 13 points with seven rebounds in 28 minutes and and was 1-of-2 from three-point range in Wednesday's win over Golden State in China. Gibson has been given approval to shoot more three-point shots with Minnesota. "It adds a lot," head coach Tom Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I think the corner three is big."

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Gibson scored 18 points (6-12 FG, 2-2 3PT, 4-6 FT) to go with nine rebounds and two assists in Saturday's preseason-opening win over the Lakers.

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Gibson will start at power forward for the Timberwolves on Saturday against the Lakers, Kyle Ratke of the Timberwolves' official site reports.

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Gibson has agreed to terms on a two-year, $28 million contract with the Timberwolves, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Gibson contributed 20 points (10-13 FG), two rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during a 115-113 win over the Rockets on Friday.

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Gibson will be rested for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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2017-18

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2016-17

Gibson will look to rebound after somewhat of a down 2015-16 campaign in which he averaged 8.6 points in 26.5 minutes per game, both his lowest since 2012-13. He remained a reliable presence on the boards, however, grabbing 6.9 boards per game to go with 1.1 blocks. It was a relatively sound season on the health front for Gibson, who appeared in 73 games and made 55 starts before a nagging rib injury shelved him for the final eight games of the season. After the Bulls bid adieu to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah in the offseason, Gibson could be first in line for a starting role at power forward, though he'll face stiff competition for minutes from Nikola Mirotic and promising second-year player Bobby Portis. Gibson is the most reliable of the three, but Portis' potential is intriguing, while Mirotic is among the team's best floor-spacing shooters. At 31 years old, Gibson's upside is probably tapped out, but when healthy, he can be counted on for consistent points and rebounds production while shooting around 50 percent from the floor. That said, given the talent behind him, Gibson isn't likely to hold a significant enough offensive role to warrant more than a late-round flier on draft day.

2015-16

Gibson enters his seventh season in the league coming off of ankle surgery after dealing with ankle problems for much of last season. He was limited to 67 games as a result, 17 of which were starts. Gibson's numbers took a step backwards as he averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 27 minutes per game. He started 70 games in his rookie season but has only started 49 games in five seasons since then as he has become one of the main contributors off of the Bulls bench. The Bulls were already loaded up front with Gibson, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, but they also added first-round pick Bobby Portis to the frontcourt mix as well. There was talk the Bulls were going to shop Gibson over the summer, but his ankle surgery likely ended that idea. He is slated to come off the bench again this season, but it's unclear how big his role will be under new coach Fred Hoiberg. There is a possibility that Gibson's name may come up in trade rumors again once he gets healthy.

2014-15

The 29-year-old power forward is entering his sixth season in the NBA, all with the Bulls. Last season, Gibson averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes per game while playing in all 82 contests. He shot just under 48 percent from the field while attempting 10.9 shots per game. Gibson had a career year from the charity stripe, getting to the line 3.4 times per game and connecting on 75 percent of his chances. Thanks to his high-energy defense and improved post game, he finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. It was his most productive season to date, as he finished the year ranked 12th in defensive win shares. After Carlos Boozer was amnestied, Gibson looked like a lock to be Chicago's starting power forward for the 2014-15 season, but the acquisition of Pau Gasol has complicated that notion. Although Gibson will still be a major minutes eater for coach Tom Thibodeau's squad, Gasol should be the starter at power forward all season. Nikola Mirotic could swipe some playing time from Gibson but not until the talented European import can prove himself to Thibodeau. Gibson became much more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball last season, attempting four more shots per game than in 2012-13. His shot attempts are likely to drop with the additional firepower now in the frontcourt. Overall, there are no glaring weaknesses in Gibson's game, and he should continue to show improvement on an upgraded Bulls squad. His contributions on both sides of the ball will be welcomed in most formats as long as he gets the minutes.

2013-14

Signed to a four-year, $38 million extension last November, Gibson will be first off the bench in the frontcourt and should see a spike in minutes with his elite perimeter defense, which has become increasingly valuable against stretch-fours and the pick-and-roll. Carlos Boozer could be an amnesty clause victim next summer, meaning that Gibson's statistical ceiling, on par with career averages for points, rebounds, and blocks last year, could rise, especially now that a nagging knee injury has fully healed.

2012-13

For the first time in his three-year career, Gibson didn't start a game, getting into 63 of the Bulls' 66 games in 2011-12. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in a career-low 20.4 minutes per game, but that lack of playing time was more circumstantial than performance-based. In fact, Gibson was a candidate for sixth man of the year throughout the season, averaging 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. On top of that, his elite perimeter defense - especially when defending against the pick-and-roll - is one of the Bulls' most valuable assets With Boozer locked into a lucrative long-term deal, he won't be going anywhere, but his injury-prone ways should open up the occasional start for Gibson.

2011-12

After a promising rookie season, Gibson was pushed to bench duties following the arrival of Carlos Boozer. As a result, Gibsonís numbers were down across the board, as he finished with averages of 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in just under 22 minutes. Despite the apparent sophomore slump, Gibson still flashed his promise while spot starting for Boozer. In his 19 starts, Gibson averaged 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.1 blocks. With Boozer locked into a lucrative long-term deal, he wonít be going anywhere, but his injury-prone ways should open up the occasional start for Gibson. Given his role as a bench player, Gibsonís immediate value is somewhat limited, but his value would skyrocket should Boozer go down with an injury.

2010-11

Gibson, selected 26th overall last year, became a surprise starter at power forward and joined Brad Miller as the only Bulls to play all 82 games. He led rookies with 7.5 rebounds per game and 49.4 percent shooting, while his 1.27 blocks per game ranked second. The addition of Boozer relegates Gibson to the bench, but he still should see decent minutes at various frontcourt positions and will start while Boozer is sidelined.