Gibson appeared in 62 games (56 starts) for the Knicks during the 2019-20 season. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds across 16.5 minutes per game while shooting a career-high 58.4 percent from the field. Gibson hit single-game season highs of 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks. He had 16 performances with double-digit points and posted at least five rebounds on 24 occasions. Gibson also collected at least one steal 21 times and at least one block 24 times. He collected at least five rebounds during six consecutive games from Nov. 8 through Nov. 18. During that stretch, across 20.4 minutes per game, Gibson averaged 8.8 points on 6.5 shots along with 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. From Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, he scored in double digits three straight times. During that stretch, Gibson averaged 11.0 points on 5.7 shots plus 4.7 rebounds across 20.7 minutes per game. In the eight games in which Gibson saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.2018
In Gibson's second year with the Timberwolves, the veteran forward played 70 games, starting 57. He posted 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting. His field-goal percentage ranked 14th in the league, unsurprising as his career field-goal percentage is an impressive 51.2. He also grabbed rebounds at a terrific rate, 15th in the league for Offensive Rebound Percentage in 2018-19. Gibson also had tied his career-high 0.8 steals per game. Gibson had a very strong January, averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field between Jan. 6 through Jan. 24. His play helped the Timberwolves produce a record of 6-3 during that time. His strongest performance of the season was during an 11-point win against the Knicks on Mar. 10. He scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds, two steals, one block, and an assist.2017
Best known for his many years with the Bulls, Gibson arrived in Minnesota for the 2017-18 campaign following a season in which he split time with Chicago and Oklahoma City. The results were overwhelmingly positive for the Timberwolves. Gibson played in all 82 games for the T-Wolves, starting each one of them. It was the third 82-game season of the durable forward's career. Gibson's 12.2 points per game were the second-best total of his nine-year NBA run. His 7.1 rebounds per contest were a new career-high. Gibson finished with 18 double-doubles and played a career-high 33 minutes per contest. While the scoring and rebounding numbers were nice, it was Gibson's improved efficiency that was most impressive. He drained a ridiculous 57.7 percent of his shots from the field, a new career-high, which ranked sixth league-wide. It marked the fifth straight season Gibson shot at least 50 percent after failing to hit that mark in any of his first five NBA campaigns. Taj's 76.8 percent clip from the free-throw line was also a new high-water mark. Toss in the fact Gibson contributed 1.5 steals/blocks per game and it's easy to see why Minnesota was so excited about their new acquisition. The Timberwolves finished at 47-35 and lost to Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. It was Minnesota's first playoff appearance since 2004.2016
The 2016-17 season was a year of big change for the 31-year old veteran. After seven and half seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Gibson was traded in February to the OKC Thunder. Gibson played 55 games for Chicago and started in every appearance. It was the first season in which Gibson was a starter in all of his games for the Bulls. Before the trade, he produced 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. On Dec. 2, the big man scored a season-high 23 points for Chicago in a home win over the Cavaliers. On Jan. 14, while still a member of the Bulls, Gibson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in a home win over the Pelicans. But on Feb. 23, Gibson and Doug McDermott were dealt to the Thunder in exchange for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne. Gibson was in the last year of his contract with the Bulls, who were in the middle of their second season with new coach Fred Hoiberg. Gibson's role changed with the Thunder. He started 16 of 23 games in Oklahoma City, but he saw his minutes per contest drop from 27.3 with Chicago to 21.2. On Mar. 2, Gibson had arguably his best performance with the Thunder, posting 15 points (on 6-for-9 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a loss at Portland. The Thunder finished at 47-35 and faced Houston in the first round of the playoffs. Gibson started all five playoff games and averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Houston won the series in five games.2015
Taj Gibson turned 30 years old before starting his seventh season with the Chicago Bulls. The cagey veteran appeared in 73 games with 55 starts. Gibson had not seen 50-plus starts since his 2009-10 rookie season. With fellow big man Joakim Noah appearing in only 27 games for Chicago due to injury, Gibson found himself splitting time between the power forward and center positions. For the year, he delivered per-game averages of 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, a career-high 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks over 26.5 minutes per contest. Gibson also shot a career-high 52.6 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the charity stripe. On Dec. 30, Gibson snagged a season-high 14 rebounds and recorded a career-high-tying six blocks, in a win over the Pacers. Six days later, he again grabbed 14 boards in a win over the Bucks. On Feb. 5, Gibson scored a season-high 18 points, with three blocks, during a loss at Denver. He again scored 18 points on March 21 in a win over the Kings. On March 29 Gibson would suffer a fractured rib in a game versus the Pacers and miss the last eight games of the season. Chicago missed the playoffs for the first time in Gibson's seven-year run with the team.2014
The normally durable Gibson faced a few injury challenges during the 2014-15 season, his sixth with the Chicago Bulls. On Opening Night, Oct. 29, Gibson scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a win at New York. On Nov. 5, the USC product generated a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Chicago to victory at Milwaukee. Eventually, ankle issues forced the power forward to miss nine games in November and December. On Dec. 10, the veteran blocked a career-high-tying six shots, to go with 11 points and 10 rebounds, during a big home win over the Nets. On Dec. 15, Gibson collected a season-high 17 rebounds, plus 15 points, during a loss at Atlanta. Gibson started 17 games during the 2014-15 campaign. He had four consecutive starts in December when Joakim Noah was injured. Then, in mid-January, Gibson had four more consecutive starts due to Noah's ankle injury. In March, Gibson's recurring ankle issues returned, forcing the veteran to miss 10 straight games. For the season, Gibson averaged 10.3 points per game and shot a career-high 50.2 percent from the field. The Bulls once again qualified for the playoffs, a feat the team accomplished for all six of Gibson's seasons in Chicago. The Bulls faced Milwaukee in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and won the series in six games. However, they then fell in six games during the semifinal round to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.2013
The 2013-14 season was Taj Gibson's fifth in The Association. He once again appeared in all 82 regular-season games, a feat he had not accomplished since his 2009-10 rookie season. The durable big man also played a career-high 28.7 minutes per contest. That increased run led to per game career highs in points (13.0), assists (1.1), and made free throws (2.6), while also averaging 6.8 boards per contest. Gibson also shot a career-high 75.1 percent from the charity stripe. The USC product was much more assertive on offense, taking 10.9 shots per game, a drastic increase over last year's 6.8 per contest. "Hard Hat" still predominantly offered support off the bench, with eight spot starts. On Dec. 2, Gibson scored a career-high 26 points, to go with 14 rebounds, in a close loss to the Pelicans. He repeated the feat on Jan. 22, scoring 26 points in a win at Cleveland. On Feb. 6, Gibson again scored 26 points, to go with 13 rebounds and four assists, in a loss to the Warriors. On Feb. 28, Gibson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds during a win at Dallas. In three separate games, Gibson blocked a season-high five shots. Gibson posted a career-high 15 double-doubles. The Bulls finished the season with a 48-34 record. They faced the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs and lost in five games.2012
After missing only five games in his first three seasons, the injury bug caught up to Taj Gibson in the 2012-13 campaign. However, he still appeared in 65 games with five starts. On Jan. 2, the durable forward posted a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Orlando. An injury to Carlos Boozer injected Gibson into the starting lineup for four games between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4. During that span, Gibson delivered 14.8 points, 12.0 boards and 3.0 blocks per game. On Feb. 2, he posted an impressive 19-point, 19-rebound double-double during a big win at Atlanta. From Feb. 26 through March 18, Gibson missed 10 games due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. On April 4, Gibson aggravated the knee injury and missed another seven contests. He returned in time for Chicago's last two regular-season games. The Bulls once again entered the playoffs and defeated Brooklyn in an exciting seven-game first-round series. However, Chicago would exit the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after losing to the Miami Heat in five contests.2011
Gibson continued his durable ways during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. A January ankle injury forced Gibson to miss three games, the only absence he would endure during the season. Gibson settled into the low-post role he mastered last season, coming off the bench in all 63 of his appearances. On Feb. 28, the USC product swatted a season-high five blocks in a win over New Orleans. On March 12, Gibson gathered a season-high 13 boards, plus 15 points, during a home win over the Knicks. On March 28, the sturdy power forward delivered a season-high 19 points in a win at Atlanta. Gibson would end the season with four double-doubles and blocked two or more shots in 24 games. For the year, Gibson delivered per-game averages of 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and a third straight season of 1.3 blocks. He also shot a career-high 49.5 percent from the field. Gibson's Bulls finished the year with an impressive record of 50-16. Chicago then lost to Philadelphia during the first round of the playoffs.2010
The 2010-11 season was Taj Gibson's sophomore year in the league. The durable young power forward appeared in 80 regular-season games for the Bulls and averaged 21.8 minutes per contest. He shifted to more of an off-the-bench role, logging just 19 starts after notching 70 during his rookie campaign. On Nov. 4 and 5, Gibson twice scored a season-high 18 points in back-to-back losses to New York and Boston, respectively. On Nov. 19, the USC product snagged a career-high 18 rebounds, while also adding 17 points and his first career three-pointer, during a road win in Dallas. On Nov. 24, Gibson's consecutive-games streak ended at 94 due to a right foot injury, resulting in one missed game. A concussion would force him to miss another contest Dec. 21. On Jan. 4, Gibson produced 16 points and 14 rebounds during a big win over the Raptors. For the season, Gibson would post six double-doubles and 18 games with 10 or more points. On Jan. 17 and 18, Gibson hauled in a career-high six blocks each night versus Memphis and Charlotte, respectively. For the season, Gibson averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Chicago finished the season at 62-20 and defeated Indiana and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Bulls then lost the Eastern Conference Finals in five games to Miami.2009
Taj Gibson was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 26th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. He had a very productive rookie season with Chicago, appearing in all 82 regular-season games (70 starts) and averaging 26.9 minutes per contest. He made his NBA debut off the bench on Opening Night, Oct. 29 at home versus the San Antonio Spurs and delivered six points with six boards. By the Bulls' fourth game, he was the regular starting power forward. On Dec. 8, he scored a then-career-high 20 points, which he complemented with six rebounds and three blocks, in a close loss to New Jersey. On Feb. 17, Gibson grabbed a career-high 16 boards, plus 14 points, during a road win over the Knicks. He would match the career-high rebounding figure and add four blocks, on April 2 in a win over Washington. On March 27, Gibson scored a career-high 22 points, to go with 13 boards, in a big win over the Nets -- he reached the 20-point plateau four times throughout the season. The rookie ended the regular season with per-game averages of 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Gibson's Bulls would finish the season with a 41-41 record and lose to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. Gibson started all five playoff games versus the Cavs and averaged 7.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per postseason contest. He was then named to 2009-10 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
June 25, 2009Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (26th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft. Shortly there after signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Bulls.
October 31, 2012Signed a four-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls.
February 23, 2017Traded by the Chicago Bulls with Doug McDermott and a 2018 2nd round draft pick (Mitchell Robinson was later selected) to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.
July 10, 2017Signed a multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
July 8, 2019Signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks. The second year of the agreement is a team option.
November 19, 2020Waived by the Knicks.
January 7, 2021Signed a one-year contract with the Knicks.