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Taj Gibson

Taj Jami Gibson (born June 24, 1985) is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Following the 2010 signing of Carlos Boozer, he has played as the second string power forward. Gibson played three seasons of collegiate basketball for the USC Trojans and was selected 26th overall by the Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Early life

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.

College career

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 was named to the 2009 All-Pac 10 Tournament Team by helping the Trojans winning the Tournament Championship at the Staples Center.

NBA career

Chicago Bulls

2009-10 season

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.

2010-11 season

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. At the end of the season, the Bulls made the playoffs as a 1st 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.

US Select Team

On May 14, 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.

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game Bold Career high

College

College Year GP MPG SPG BPG RPG APG PPG FG% FT% 3P%
USC 2006–07 37 32.4 .5 1.9 8.7 1.5 12.2 .558 .623 .000
USC 2007–08 33 32.1 .7 2.5 7.8 1.3 10.8 .580 .594 .000
USC 2008–09 35 33.7 1.0 2.9 9.0 1.3 14.3 .601 .659 .000

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Chicago 82 70 26.9 .494 .000 .646 7.5 .9 .6 1.3 9.0
2010–11 Chicago 80 19 21.8 .466 .125 .676 5.7 .7 .5 1.3 7.1
2011–12 Chicago 63 0 20.4 .495 .000 .622 5.3 .7 .4 1.3 7.7
2012–13 Chicago 65 5 22.4 .485 .000 .679 5.3 .9 .4 1.4 8.0
Career 290 94 23.1 .485 .083 .655 6.0 .8 .5 1.3 7.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Chicago 5 5 29.0 .421 .000 .545 7.0 .6 .2 .6 7.6
2011 Chicago 16 0 17.8 .566 .000 .600 4.1 .6 .3 1.4 5.9
2012 Chicago 6 0 22.8 .457 .000 .682 6.5 .7 .7 1.7 9.5
2013 Chicago 12 0 17.2 .470 .000 .727 3.0 .3 .3 .5 6.5
Career 39 5 19.8 .491 .000 .657 4.5 .5 .4 1.1 6.9

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