With the main players going down with injuries, the Chicago Bulls are looking to get maximum from every player available to play on their roster.
With the injuries of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and recently Luol Deng, the Chicago franchise have had a lot of problems adjusting to playing games without their star trio. But it looks like it's certain healthy players in the squad who look ready to help coach Tom Thibodeau make life a little easier.
One player that is really stepping up is Taj Gibson. Gibson, a 28-year old veteran, who was drafted as number 26 in the 2009 NBA Draft after three years of college career at USC.
Going into the season as a Bulls' back-up power forward or maybe even back-up center, if the Bulls would decide to play with smaller line-up, he has been afforded a move into the starting line-up thanks to recent injuries to the regular starers.
In the surprising turn of events, he is now starting the game at the small forward spot- at least until Luol Deng makes his come back.
But Gibson appears far more comfortable in his new role. This season, he is averaging a career high for points (12.4), rebounds (6.7) and efficiency (12.8).
In his first start of the season against Detroit Pistons Gibson showcased that he is able to play at small forward if needed, and was also very successful guarding Josh Smith, despite the Bulls losing the game in question.
Gibson is really showing lots of improvement this season, and according to the 6ft 9in 28-year-old he has the off-season workouts to thank for it.
The Bulls star claimed he really exceptionally hard on improving the areas of his game which would lead to him becoming a more complete player; the results are there for all to see.
He was always a great defender, but the boost in confidence on the offensive end of the court has seen a marked improvement. He is able to penetrate, he can play post and he is also able to shoot consistently from mid-range, which makes him a very versatile forward.
With Bulls planning to amnesty Carlos Boozer after this year, Gibson is expected to become a regular starting power forward for the Bulls, and with more minutes, we sure can expect even bigger numbers and a bigger contribution to the team.
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