In Taj Gibson, the Chicago Bulls had a reliable player who was always going to give his 110% energy on the court whenever he’s called upon. The Brooklyn New York native, who has played most of his career as a sixth man, once finishing second in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award voting, played college basketball in California for the USC Trojans before making it to the big league.
Gibson was born Taj Jami Gibson to Sharon and Wilbert Gibson on the 24th of June 1985 in Brooklyn, New York. His family was not very well off so, Gibson was at a very young age, required to help around the house as well as in his father’s job as a foreman for a carpentry and moving company. This instilled in him the spirit of hard work and also motivated him to pursue his dream of playing basketball.
Taj Gibson first attended P.S. 67 Charles A. Dorsey School and then Brooklyn’s High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology. After his freshman year, however, his father sent him to California to continue his education at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley in order for him to not get drawn into the drug and gang lifestyle that was taking over their neighborhood. There, Gibson managed to balance good grades with his basketball schedule while also taking a job to put some extra money in his pockets. For his senior year, Gibson transferred to Calvary Christian in San Fernando, California where he ultimately graduated from, although he was at this time, very much older than his classmates.
His talent earned him a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California where, as a 21-year-old freshman, he averaged 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game to earn Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors. In his sophomore year, Gibson was a Third-team All-Pac-10 selection as he averaged 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. In his junior year, he averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game to help his team win the Pacific-10 Tournament Championship. His efforts earned him the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award as well as a second-team All-Pac-10 selection after which he declared for the 2009 NBA Draft.
Taj Gibson was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 26th overall pick and was quickly inserted into the starting team where he impressed coaches with his high energy and good defense. He went on to average 7.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game to earn NBA All-Rookie First Team honors. Gibson’s stay with the Bulls lasted until February 2017 when he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played out that year with the team before signing a two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves in July 2017.
What’s His Salary And Net Worth?
In 2017, Taj Gibson put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth $28 million with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This means he has an average annual salary of $14 million and is the 5th best-paid player on the team’s roster. Gibson has come a long way from his rookie days with the Bulls when he was taking home an average salary of a little bit above $1 million. In 2012, he signed a four-year $33 million contract with the team which paid him just above $8 million per year.
With all his earnings in mind, Gibson’s net worth has been estimated to be somewhere around $19 to $25 million.
Does Taj Gibson Have A Wife Or Girlfriend?
Taj Gibson is neither married nor in a relationship at the moment as he is said to be very much single. In the past, however, he has been linked to a number of women and one of them has a daughter for him while another is somewhat a household name.
Gibson has a daughter from his relationship with Tenille Melissa. Not much is known about her unlike the next person in which Gibson was linked to, former Destiny Child singer Michelle Williams. The pair were reported to be an item after Gibson and Williams were pictured sitting courtside with his daughter, watching a WNBA game of a team in which Williams is a minority owner of. It is not clear how long that relationship lasted before both parties moved on to other people.
Height and Weight
Taj Gibson’s height is listed as 6 feet 8 inches or 2.06 m while his weight comes in at 235 pounds or 107 kg.