Chicago Bulls: Taj Gibson Displays Value While Filling in for Carlos Boozer

November 14th, 2010 by Bob Bajek Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls had a scare earlier this season when Carlos Boozer tripped over his gym bag and broke his hand. 

With their prized offseason acquisition injured for at least the month, the Bulls turned to Taj Gibson to start in Boozer's No. 4 slot. 

And boy has Gibson delivered. 

In his rookie season, Gibson was a mature 24. He started 70 games, played through injuries, was fundamentally offensively and defensively and was a team-oriented player. 

However, Gibson has elevated his game to another level. 

Gibson scored nine points as a rookie, which is nothing to glow about. 

Now, the second-year power forward from USC has averaged 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game. This production also comes in 29.1 minutes of floor time. 

Part of the reason Gibson is scoring well is he had plantar fasciitis in both his feet, thus limiting his offensive production. Now, healed, Gibson has been pain free and is moving faster. 

He is the team's fourth leading scorer behind Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. He has some nice post moves and a ...

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