When Tom Thibodeau gave Taj Gibson a two year deal worth a total of 24 million dollars last summer, fans had a reason to be skeptical about allocating that much cap space into a 32 year old power forward who couldn’t stretch the floor.
However, Gibson proved to be worth every single penny because of his defensive capabilities and visible leadership. Gibson showed that even at the age of 32, that he still had the lateral quickness to stay with guards on switches, and the upper body strength to battle the opposing team’s 4 or 5.
Gibson quickly became a favorite among fans and the players in the locker room. Numerous fans on Twitter from the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder commended Gibson and promised we wouldn’t be disappointed with his production.
“The Glue Guy” is a moniker that can be applied to Gibson quite easily. He served as a textbook example of someone that contributes to the game of basketball that cannot be explained by statistics. His hustle could not be questioned, nor could his commitment to winning for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On the season Gibson finished with 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He also played all 82 games this season, something he has done only two other times in his 11 year career.
Having Gibson back for another season is absolutely one of the positives going into the 2019-2020 season. Hopefully he is able to help turn Karl-Anthony Towns into a defensive anchor, because if he does, the trajectory for this Timberwolves roster is raised to another level.