Taj Gibson

#67 PF / Minnesota Timberwolves / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-9 Weight: 235 lb Age: 32 College: USC

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  • Gibson recorded 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds one steal and one block in 39 minutes during Monday's 109-98 victory over the Jazz Gibson has been surprisingly consistent for the Timberwolves this season. He now has four double-doubles in his last six games, while also chipping in some blocks and steals. He provides good efficiency from both the floor and the charity stripe, and you could do a lot worse if you are in need of some big-man stats. If he is floating around on your waivers, go ahead and give him a look.

  • Gibson supplied 16 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds and two steals across 37 minutes in Saturday's 118-110 loss to the Suns. Along with Karl-Anthony Towns, Gibson provided one of two double-doubles on the Timberwolves' starting five, accomplishing the feat for the third time over five November contests in the process. The veteran forward has proven to be a prudent offseason addition thus far, shooting a career-high 54.2 percent, posting his best rebound total (7.1) since his rookie campaign, equaling a career-best assist figure (1.5) and setting a new high-water mark in steals (1.1).

  • Gibson posted 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 win over the Thunder. Gibson has successfully slid into Minnesota's starting five after coming to the Timberwolves after a brief stint with the Thunder, although he had spent his entire career in Chicago prior to the Thunder trade. With no real companion for Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt, Gibson will have ample opportunity to be fantasy-relevant. He's just on the cusp of that currently, as a slight increase in his current averages of 7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game could make a huge difference in his viability.

  • Gibson started at power forward and scored six points with four rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio. However, he was just 3-of-11 from the field and was 0-for-2 from three-point range. Gibson didn't play as much in the second half after missing several shots early in the game. Gibson worked on his three-point shooting in the offseason, but that work didn't pay dividends in the first game of the season. While he's in the starting lineup for his defense, he'll need to shoot better or risk losing minutes.

  • Gibson started at power forward and scored 13 points with seven rebounds in 28 minutes and and was 1-of-2 from three-point range in Wednesday's win over Golden State in China. Gibson has been given approval to shoot more three-point shots with Minnesota. "It adds a lot," head coach Tom Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I think the corner three is big." Gibson has attempted just 45 three-point attempts in his career (and made just 11.4 percent), but he's 3-for-4 from behind the arc in two preseason games. GIbson says he's worked to improve his three-point shot. It remains to be seen if he'll get significantly more three-point changes in the regular season, but it's worth keeping an eye on since he could have extra value. Gibson does look like the starter at power forward, however, with Thibodeau saying he likes having Gorgui Dieng come off the bench at center. Both players should get significant minutes, however.

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