Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson has been a god-send for his team this season, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful his guy gets rewarded with the Sixth Man of the Year award at season’s end. Per the Chicago Sun-Times:

Gibson is averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds and has emerged as a go-to offensive and defensive player in the fourth quarter.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t into individual awards, but he was hoping voters were taking notice of Gibson.

“I think that the biggest thing for him is what he has contributed to us winning,’’ Thibodeau said Saturday. “I hate to lock into individual awards. I think players are recognized when the team has success. He’s been a huge part of it. The way he has played all year, I’m hopeful that he’ll be recognized.

“The things that he does for us are all team-oriented. He plays great defense, challenges shots, guards everybody, runs the floor hard, sets great screens, does his job, gets deep post position. When the second guy comes, he makes the play. He has gotten comfortable in pick-and-roll situations.

‘‘He’s had a terrific year for us. And I hope he does get recognized.’’