It’s safe to say when Taj Gibson signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves last Summer, nobody expected him to have the type of season he’s had so far. At 32-years-old, he’s having a career year by averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting a ridiculous 58.1 percent from the field.
This amazing output has allowed him to become a dependable rock for the Wolves as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
Pegged as a traditional big man who isn’t very effective scoring the basketball from outside the lane, Gibson has done a tremendous job allowing the game to come to him. In watching film, this season’s post moves look a lot more crisper and a step slower than in years past. This has allowed him to focus on his fundamentals and consistently get good looks around the rim which has contributed to him converting 71.4 percent of his shots inside five feet (eighth best in the NBA amongst players who attempt at least three such shots a game).
The best part about his post game is his plethora of moves he can rely on. Whether it be a baby hook, a spin baseline or an up-and-under, Gibson can really do it all:
With Jimmy Butler out, Gibson is often the tertiary scoring option on the floor so this uptick in offensive production has been a welcomed sight. Hopefully, he can continue to finish out the season strong, and help anchor the Wolves inside scoring.