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Taj Gibson

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2015-16 (CHICAGO):
Appeared in 73 games (55 starts) and averaged 8.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.05 bpg, 26.5 mpg and shot .525 from the floor and .692 from the free throw line … led the team in rebounds 12 times, scoring three times and minutes three times … scored 10 or more points 27 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 18 times … notched seven double-doubles … recorded season-high 8 FGM on 3/26 at ORL … dished career-high 7 assists on 2/24 vs. WAS and scored 17 first-half points in the game, the most points in a half in his career … scored a season-high 18 points at DEN (2/5) … snatched a game-high 7 offensive rebounds at PHI (1/14) … 6 blocks vs. MIL (1/5) tied his career high, and 10 defensive rebounds in that game was a season high … grabbed season-high 14 rebounds vs. IND (12/30), which he tied vs. MIL (1/5) … made first start of the season at BOS (12/9) … his three blocks vs. IND (11/16) moved him into 5th place on the Bulls all-time list … missed eight games with a rib contusion (3/31 – 4/13) and one game with a right hamstring injury (3/2).

CAREER:
Has played in 507 games (174 starts) in seven years, and has averaged 9.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.27 bpg, 1.0 apg and 25.0 mpg and shot .491 from the field and .692 from the free throw line … has also played in 56 playoff games (seven starts), where he has averaged 8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.16 bpg, 0.6 apg and 21.5 mpg, and shot .499 from the floor and .691 from the line.

2014-15 (CHICAGO):
Played in 62 games (17 starts) and averaged 10.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.21 bpg and 0.58 spg in 27.3 mpg and shot .502 from the field and .717 from the line … led the team in minutes six times, in rebounds five times and in scoring twice … scored 10 or more points 37 times, including three games with 20 or more points … recorded seven games with 10 or more rebounds and eight double-doubles … recorded a season-high 17 boards to go along with 15 points at ATL (12/15) … posted 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks (tied career high) vs. BKN (12/10) … posted his first double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds at MIL (11/5) … in his first start of the season, posted 16 points, 4 boards and 2 blocks vs. ORL (11/4) … missed 16 games with a left ankle injury (11/1, 11/24-12/3, 3/1-3/18), two games with a right ankle injury (12/18-12/19) and one game due to illness (2/23) … spent 18 games on the team’s Inactive List due to injuries. 2015 Playoffs: Played in 12 games (two starts) and averaged 7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.00 bpg in 23.0 mpg … shot .472 from the field and .700 from the free-throw line … posted 12 points and 2 blocks in Game 5 vs. MIL (4/27).

2013-14 (CHICAGO):
Played in 82 games (eight starts) and posted a career-high 13.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.37 bpg (16th in the NBA) and 0.50 spg in a career-best 28.7 mpg … shot .479 from the field and a career-best .751 from the line … ranked 13th in the NBA with 112 blocks and 21st with 200 offensive rebounds … led the team in scoring and rebounds 12 times and in minutes six times … scored in double figures 56 times, including 12 games with 20+ points … grabbed 10 or more rebounds 17 times and posted 15 double-doubles … scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 8 boards vs. IND (3/24) … recorded 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds at PHI (3/19) … tallied 20 points and a season-high 15 boards at DAL (2/28) … scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds vs. GSW (2/26) … scored a team-high 16 points in 30:56 of action vs. BKN (2/13) … posted his eighth double-double with a team-high 24 points and 12 boards, also tied a career high in assists with 5 vs. ATL (2/11) … tied his career high with 26 points and added 13 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks at GSW (2/6) … tied a career high with 26 points (11-15 FG), grabbed 5 rebounds and blocked 3 shots at CLE (1/22) … hit a buzzer-beating layup with :00.9 seconds left in overtime to give Chicago a 102-100 victory vs. LAL (1/20) … tallied a game-high 20 points (9-15 FG) and grabbed 8 boards at BKN (12/25) … posted a career-high 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 5 blocks vs. NOP (12/2). 2014 PLAYOFFS: In five games vs. WAS, he averaged 18.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.40 bpg in 30.8 mpg off of the bench … for the series, he shot .561 from the floor and .750 from the line … posted 22 points, 10 boards and three blocks in Game 2 vs. WAS (4/22) … went for a postseason career-high 32 points (13-16 FG, 6-7 FT) and 7 rebounds in 32:17 in Game 4 at WAS (04/27).

2012-13 (CHICAGO):
Played in 65 games (five starts) and averaged 8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.38 bpg and 0.42 spg in 22.4 mpg and shot .485 from the field and .679 from the free throw line … led the team in scoring once and in boards four times … scored in double digits 22 times, including one game with 20 or more points … grabbed 10+ rebounds five times and notched five double-doubles … scored 12 points in 21:13 in his first game back after missing seven contests with a left knee injury at ORL (4/15) … scored 14 points and had 9 boards in his first game back after missing 10 games with a left knee injury vs. POR (3/21) ... made his first start of the season at ORL (1/2) and set season highs with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 44:49 … missed 17 games with a left ankle injury (2/26-3/18, 4/5-4/14) … appeared on the team’s Inactive List 13 times due to injury. 2013 PLAYOFFS: In 12 games, he posted 6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 0.50 bpg in 17.2 mpg and shot .470 from the field and .727 from the line.

2011-12 (CHICAGO):
Played in 63 games (no starts) and averaged 7.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.29 bpg (24th in the NBA) and 0.7 apg in 20.4 mpg and shot .495 from the field and .622 from the line … led the team in rebounds six times and in assists once … scored 10 or more points 19 times and grabbed 10 or more boards seven times … recorded four double-doubles … posted 5 points, 7 rebounds and a season-high 5 blocks vs. NOP (2/28) … posted his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 boards vs. TOR (1/14) … missed three games with a left ankle sprain (1/21-1/25) … spent two games on the Bulls’ Inactive List due to injury. 2012 PLAYOFFS: Played in six games and posted 9.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.67 bpg, 0.7 apg, 0.67 spg, .457 from the field and .682 from the free throw line in 22.8 mpg … tallied 14 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks at PHI (5/6).

2010-11 (CHICAGO):
Played in 80 games (19 starts) and averaged 7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.33 bpg, 21.8 mpg, .466 field goal shooting and .676 from the line … led the Bulls in rebounds eight times on the year … scored 10 or more points 18 times and grabbed 10 or more rebounds nine times … recorded six double-doubles … ranked 17th in the NBA in blocks (106) and 18th in blocks per game (1.33) … posted 10 points, 7 rebounds and a career-high 6 blocks at MEM (1/17) … tallied 16 points and 14 boards off the bench vs. TOR (1/4) … posted 12 points and 10 boards (7 offensive) vs. MIN (12/11) … had 16 points, 12 boards, 2 blocks and 2 steals at LAL (11/23) … recorded 17 points and a career-high 18 boards at DAL (11/19) … scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 3 shots in 25:46 vs. GSW (11/11) … tallied his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 boards in the season opener at OKC (10/27) … missed one game with a right ankle injury at PHX (11/24), and spent one game on the Inactive List with a concussion against PHI (12/21). 2011 PLAYOFFS: Played in 16 games and averaged 5.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.38 bpg and shot .566 from the field in 17.8 mpg … posted 13 points, 11 boards and 2 blocks at ATL (5/6) … recorded five games with 10+ points off of the bench.

2009-10 (CHICAGO):
One of two Bulls to have played in all 82 games (70 starts) … averaged 8.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.9 apg and 1.27 bpg in 26.8 mpg, and shot .494 from the floor and .647 from the line … selected to the T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team … led the team in scoring four times and in boards 24 times … scored 10 or more points 35 times and went for 20 or more points in four games … grabbed 10+ rebounds in 21 games and posted 18 double-doubles … topped all rookies in rebounds per game, FG%, double-doubles and was second in blocks per game … scored 14 points, secured 16 boards and added 4 rejections at WAS (4/2) … recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards vs. PHX (3/30) … posted his 13th double-double with 12 points and a team-high 10 boards vs. MIA (3/25) … posted team highs of 20 points, 13 boards (5 offensive) and 3 steals vs. CLE (3/19) … scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high 13 boards vs. PHI (2/20) … posted 14 points and a then-career-high 16 boards (11 offensive) at NYK (2/17) … posted 6 points, 6 rebounds and a then-career-high 4 blocks vs. LAC (02/02) … grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds at OKC (01/27) … posted his fifth double-double of the year with 16 points and 14 boards in a season-high 42:30 at HOU (01/23) … scored a season-high 20 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. NJN (12/8) … recorded the first double-double of his career with 14 points and 13 boards at CLE (12/04) … made his NBA debut vs. SAS (10/29) and finished with 6 points and 6 boards in 15:38 of play. 2010 PLAYOFFS: Started all five first-round games vs. CLE and averaged 7.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 28.8 mpg, and shot .421 from the floor and .545 from the line … scored 11 points (5-7 FG) in Game 2 at CLE (4/19) … grabbed 11 boards in Game 5 at CLE (04/27).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected in the first round (26th overall) by the Chicago Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft (06/25/09) … signed to a contract extension by the Bulls (10/31/12).

COLLEGE CAREER:

Spent three seasons at Southern California and averaged 12.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.41 bpg, 1.4 apg, and shot .580 from the floor and .629 from the line in 105 games (104 starts) … left USC as the school’s all-time leader in shots blocked with 253, and also ranked third all-time in Pac-10 history … finished second all-time in Trojan history with 896 boards and 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,307 points … earned All-Conference Second Team honors his junior year, and also was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year that same season … selected All-Conference Third Team and All-Defensive First Team as a sophomore … named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006-07 … 2008-09: Helped lead the Trojans to the 2009 NCAA Tournament his junior year when he posted averages of 14.3 ppg, team highs of 9.0 rpg and 2.86 bpg, 1.3 apg and shot a team-best .601 from the field (second best in school history) and .659 from the line … ranked first in the Pac-10 with 100 rejections and was third with 316 rebounds … scored in double figures in 30 of 35 contests and grabbed eight or more boards 22 times … notched 15 double-doubles on the year … set a school record by shooting 10-for-10 from the field en route to 24 points in USC’s NCAA Tournament triumph over Boston College … blocked five shots in a game on five occasions … twice grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds … 2007-08: Appeared in 33 contests (32 starts) and averaged 10.8 ppg, team highs of 7.8 rpg and 2.55 bpg, 1.3 apg and shot .580 from the field (third in the Pac-10) and .594 from the line … finished first in the Pac-10 with 83 blocks … scored in double figures in 19 games and grabbed eight or more rebounds 16 times … blocked four or more shots 11 times … was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (3/33-3/9, when he averaged 20.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.00 bpg … 2006-07: Started all 37 games that he played in his freshman season and averaged 12.2 ppg, team highs of 8.7 rpg and 1.86 bpg, 1.5 apg and shot .558 from the field and .623 from the stripe … set Trojan freshman records with 321 boards and 69 blocks … scored in double figures in 27 contests and grabbed eight or more boards 27 times … recorded 11 double-doubles on the year … posted 16 points and 14 boards in his collegiate debut against South Carolina … blocked a career-best seven shots against Oregon, and added 18 points and 13 boards … selected to the Pac-10 Conference All-Tournament Team, when he averaged 12.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg in three games … posted two double-doubles and averaged 17.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 2.67 bpg in USC’s three-game NCAA Tournament run … set the school freshman record with 321 boards his first year on campus, as well as the frosh record for blocks with 69.

Full name is Taj Jami Gibson … majored in Communications … an early-entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft … his father played basketball for the U.S. Army National Team during the Vietnam War … played for former Bulls Head Coach Tim Floyd while at USC … hosted the opening of the EnergizaBulls Fitness and Learning Center at McPherson Elementary School … hosted a holiday party with the USO and Chicago Housing Authority at the Berto Center … helped 20 students from Chicago Bulls College Prep high school spend $100 gift cards courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods “Shop with a Bull” holiday event … joined Chicago Public Schools officials to promote the annual Back-to-School campaign to get students to school on the first day of classes in September 2009 … he went door to door to hand out school supplies to local neighborhood students at Howe Elementary School to tip-off the beginning of the school year, as he co-hosted the Chicago Bulls and Kia Motors Back-to-School supply drive rally … lists his favorite players as Jamal Tinsley and Lamar Odom … enjoys listening to music and reading during his spare time.
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Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 236 lbs./ 107 kg
Born: June 24, 1985
From: University of Southern California
Draft: 1st Round (26th pick) 2009 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2009
Years Pro: 7
Previous Teams:
  Chicago Bulls 2009 - 2015
Prior to NBA/Country: USC/USA

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