After his best season in the NBA, Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson nearly earned Sixth Man of the Year honors. As a starter with increased minutes next season, Gibson will find himself on the All-Defensive team if he remains healthy.
Gibson is already renowned for his defensive versatility, and with more opportunities to showcase it the All-Defensive second-team will have a place for him next season. One of the best defenses in the league will take another step forward with Gibson and Joakim Noah starting each game beside each other.
In the six games Gibson started this season, he averaged 20.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. His scoring will probably dip down closer to 16 points when Derrick Rose returns, but his rebounding should continue to hover around 10 per game.
Jimmy Butler’s defensive prowess received more attention when he became a starter, and the same should happen for Gibson next season. If Butler is moved to his natural small forward spot next season, the Bulls will have the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA.
Will that frontcourt be able to score enough points is a question that remains unanswered. Chicago had the worst offense in the NBA last season, and the majority of the team’s offensive struggles were due to Rose’s knee injury.
With Rose’s return the Bulls will play faster and create more possessions on offense. The Bulls still need to figure out who the shooting guard will be when next season starts, but whoever is plugged into that spot will have to be able to create offense.