Gibson registered 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and a block over 26 minutes in Thursday's 97-81 preseason loss to the Hawks.
The veteran forward closed out what has been an impressive preseason with his fifth outing of 50 percent or better shooting in as many games. Gibson also came within a rebound of his third double-double of the exhibition slate and has locked down the starting power forward role heading into the regular season.
Gibson supplied 18 points (9-13 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal across 20 minutes in Friday's 118-108 preseason win over the Cavaliers.
Gibson already had a comfortable lead over Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis in the competition for the starting gig, and this impressive double-double performance may have clinched the job for him. With Mirotic and Portis shooting a combined 3-for-13 from the floor Friday and neither representing a particularly steady option on the defensive end, Gibson makes for the more stabilizing force in the frontcourt, even though his upside is probably lower than both. That said, it's hard not to take notice of his outstanding numbers in the preseason, which would bump Gibson's draft stock up if he were able to carry it over to the regular season. Through four games, Gibson has averaged 14.7 points (on 70.2% shooting), 7.7 boards and 1.0 assist across only 19.2 minutes per contest. The Bulls have already announced that Gibson, along with the team's top three stars (Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler), will sit out the second half of the team's back-to-back set Saturday against the Bucks, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago, further validating the belief that he's already viewed as the team's top power forward.
Gibson will get the start at power forward in Friday's preseason game against the Bucks, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg has said as recently as Tuesday that he doesn't know who is going to start at power forward for the Bulls this season, with Gibson currently competing with Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Friday will provide Gibson an opportunity to prove he is deserving of the starting spot, but it is likely that Mirotic and Portis still get a fair share of minutes in order to for Hoiberg to get a fair evaluation of the three.
Through the Bulls' first three preseason games, each player has been given a chance to start, and Hoiberg said he expects the competition to go until the final week of the preseason. Gibson looks like the clear frontrunner at the moment to land the starting role, as in addition to being the top defender of the three, he's performed the best in the preseason, averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds over 19.0 minutes per game. Regardless of who wins the job, all three players will be fixtures in the rotation this season, but it's still unclear how the minutes will shake out on a night-to-night basis.
Gibson turned in a stellar shooting night in Saturday's 121-105 preseason win over the Pacers, generating 20 points (9-9 FG, 2-2 FT) to go with five rebounds, two steals and an assist in 20 minutes.
Gibson has come off the bench the last two games while the Bulls have given Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis opportunities to start at power forward, but his flawless shooting night Saturday cements him as the frontrunner to land a role on the top unit. While this outing was his best to date of the preseason, he's been stellar in all three of the Bulls' contests, averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in just 19.0 minutes per game. If he ultimately lands the starting role, Gibson will see his playing time tick up from its current level, but the floor spacing offered by Mirotic and to a lesser degree, Portis, may prevent Gibson from regular surpassing 30 minutes.
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