By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on April 18, 2014
Taj Gibson's play has helped the Chicago Bulls re-enter the playoff fray, and I think that he deserves the Sixth Man of the Year award as a result. Gibson has long been a crowd favorite in Chicago, and it would not surprise me to see him become a starter next year. Here are five reasons why he should win it.
Dropping 13 points along with 1.1 blocks per game off the bench is no small feat, but Gibson's value exists outside of the numbers as well. His rebounding and defense have also been key for the Bulls, and their head coach Tom Thibbodeau seems to truly trust Gibson in the fourth quarter.
Carlos Boozer does not have a real future with the Bulls, and Gibson has been the main reason. Look for Taj to get the starting spot next season, that is, unless Carmelo Anthony decides to come to town.
This has been a much improved area for Gibson, and honestly it is what has impressed me the most about his play this season. Look for it to land him a little bit of hardware for his trophy case.
He shot .751 from the line this season, and that is a major improvement from his early career. This makes him pretty hard to guard in the fourth quarter, and it gives Joakim Noah a nice post option to throw the ball to.
Manu Ginobli and Jamal Crawford have both had decent seasons, but it is not clear whether the Bulls would have made the playoffs without Gibson's play. Here is hoping that the award voters reward him as a result.
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