Gibson with the Bulls in 2009
|No. 22 – Chicago Bulls|
June 24, 1985 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Calvary Christian
(San Fernando, California)
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Taj Jami Gibson (born June 24, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gibson played three seasons of collegiate basketball for the USC Trojans and was selected 26th overall by the Bulls in the 2009 NBA draft. The 6'9" power forward has throughout his career been a sixth man off the bench for the Bulls, backing up the likes of Carlos Boozer and Pau Gasol.
Gibson was born on June 24, 1985 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Gibson began his high school career at the High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology in Brooklyn, N.Y. He then attended Stoneridge Prep as a sophomore and junior in Tarzana, California. During his senior year in 2006, he attended Calvary Christian in San Fernando, California.
Gibson played at the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. As one of the oldest freshmen in the country at age 21 in 2007 he was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. He helped beat rival UCLA in 2008.
Gibson declared for the 2009 NBA Draft, and was selected 26th overall by the Chicago Bulls. He, along with fellow draft pick James Johnson, signed with the Bulls in July, 2009. Gibson was the starting power forward for most of his rookie season with the Bulls and impressed many people with his high energy and good defense. During the All-Star Weekend, Gibson played in the Rookie Challenge, where the Rookie team won for the first time since 2002. The Bulls made the playoffs securing the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Taj averaged 7.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds while the Bulls lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. At the end of his first season, Taj was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
During the off-season, the Bulls signed power forward Carlos Boozer, who was expected to start at the beginning of the season rather than Gibson. Prior to the pre-season though, Boozer broke his hand, so Gibson started the first 15 games of the season. After Boozer's return, Gibson moved into a bench role for most of the season. Gibson was selected as a starter for the Sophomore squad in the 2011 NBA Rising Stars challenge at the All-Star weekend, which the Rookie team won 148-140. Gibson played 18 minutes and recorded 8 points.
At the end of the season, the Bulls made the playoffs as the first seed in the Eastern Conference. On May 10, 2011, Gibson helped his team take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Atlanta, making all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
On October 31, 2012, Gibson signed a multi-year rookie scale contract extension with the Bulls.
In mostly a bench role, Gibson averaged 13 points and 6.8 rebounds on the year and was among the league leaders in blocked shots per game. Gibson subsequently finished second in the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, losing out to former Bull Jamal Crawford.
US Select Team
In May 2012, Gibson was named to the US Select Team, joining the likes of Jeremy Lin, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kyrie Irving in practicing with the US Olympic Team in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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- Pac-10 All-Tournament Team
- Sidney to Mississippi State?
- Bulls sign rookies Johnson, Gibson
- Evans, Jennings, Curry unanimous All-Rookie team picks
- 2011 NBA Rising Stars
- Derrick Rose, Bulls put Hawks on brink with dominant fourth
- BULLS SIGN TAJ GIBSON TO MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION
- Jamal Crawford wins 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year
- BULLS' GIBSON NAMED TO USA MEN'S SELECT TEAM