There seems to be no stopping Taj Gibson. At least he feels unstoppable.

‘‘A great player like Ed Pinckney [a Bulls assistant] once told me, ‘When you’re in a zone sometimes, you don’t even think about who’s guarding you. You just go,’ ’’ ­Gibson said before the Bulls practiced at UCLA on Saturday. ‘‘That’s the way I’m feeling. I really don’t care or think about who’s guarding me. I just go. I’m playing with a good amount of confidence.

A perfect fit for Tom Thibodeau’s system from the start, the 6-9 225-pound Gibson has become the defensive/effort guy the Bulls expected when they drafted him 26th overall in 2009. But since Luol Deng was traded, Gibson’s offense has been emerging minute-by-minute as his playing time — and the Bulls’ need for offense — has increased.

Since a 26-point effort against Deng and the Cavaliers on Jan. 22, Gibson has averaged 16 points while shooting 48.7 percent in his last nine games. He equalled that career-best mark with 26 points against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

It’s not unusual for Gibson to speak confidently about his defensive role. But as the Bulls prepared to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Gibson was as effusive about his offense as he’s ever been. His confidence couldn’t be higher.

‘‘Every I score I’m smiling, because I can’t believe all the things I’m doing,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘I’ve been learning a lot. I never really thought about the NBA schemes of how they play you, how they ­double-team you. But Thibs and the coaching staff keep me on edge. I’m just having fun. This year I’m really having a lot of fun, just trying to find ways to score — and it’s great.’’