It was only a matter of time before Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson got a real chance to show off his game. He’s been a very valuable weapon off the bench for quite some time. Now he wanted to show fans and people around the league that he is more than just an energy guy. He is showing that this season and has been on a tear.
Gibson has always been a very good defender. He covers so much ground on defense, and that is why coach Tom Thibodeau loves to use him in a variety of ways. He is very active, and plays tough with high energy. He’s cut from the same cloth as his teammate Joakim Noah. Those two are hard to score on together because of the energy and passion they bring to the table.
Thibodeau likes using Gibson over starting power forward, Carlos Boozer because he’s miles ahead of him when it’s lockdown time on defense. That’s why many Bulls fans are anticipating that Boozer will be amnestied after this season to make Gibson the full-time starting power forward.
If Gibson is to get that chance for many years, he had to get better on the offensive side of the ball. He’s always been a guy who got points off hustle plays like put-backs and dunks on fast breaks. He would show glimpses of a perimeter game, but that wasn’t his forte.
Now, after a summer of working on his offensive game, Gibson is showing the full arsenal. After an up-and-down season in 2012-13, Gibson admitted that he was feeling the pressure of the contract extension he signed last season. He wanted to live up to the hype and prove that he was worth the money.
So far, the hard work is paying off as Gibson is averaging 12.4 and 6.7 rebounds a game. His jumper has been money all season and he is very confident from the perimeter. His post game is much better as he is using his quickness and strength to beat defenders. He is a much better, stronger and confident player than he has ever been to this point.
The Bulls will need Gibson to continue this offensive transformation to keep them afloat this season. With all the injuries to key players on this team, the Bulls need someone to step up. Gibson is doing his best to get the Bulls back on track.