Taj Gibson: Starter or Energy Sub?

taj-gibsonQuick: name all of the skinny starting power forwards in the league. OK, I’ll give you another minute. Maybe LaMarcus Aldridge? And even he has 20 pounds on Taj Gibson.

So it begs the question: will Taj Gibson ever be a starter in the NBA? Or will he merely be an energy guy? You need those too, to be sure.

Maybe the Bulls aren’t concerned about his label, or whether he starts or comes off the bench. What they are concerned about is finding good defenders who can run opponents off the floor with Derrick Rose. Tyrus can do it. Even Joakim can do it now. Gibson is another shot-blocking big that can run all day.

I’m starting to come around on this pick. And as much as every Bulls fan wants someone that can score down low and with their back to the basket, you didn’t see those available in the draft.

Gibson can be an important rotation piece for years to come. And if the Bulls ever do trade Tyrus, they have something similar right behind him. Same goes for James Johnson and Deng. The Bulls did get better in the draft. And they added to their options.


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