New York Knicks: What the veterans need to do to stay in 2020-21

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Taj Gibson

Taj Gibson has been one of the New York Knicks more successful free agent signings. Despite being the oldest player on the roster by far at age 36, Gibson has shown consistency on both ends of the floor throughout the season. He isn’t spectacular in any one area but helps in a few different ways.

Despite averaging only 6.0 points per game he is shooting 57.6% from the field. The 6-9 forward isn’t just getting his points in the paint either. Gibson has been solid from mid-ranger shooting 45.5 percent.

His offensive game is still pretty limited, with only post-ups, put-backs, and mid-range shots in his arsenal. He has made three shots from behind the arc this season but is still not considered a three-point shooting threat. The 11-year NBA veteran can still rebound (9.5 boards per 36 minutes) and defend, however, which is why he’s been able to stay in the rotation despite his limited offensive abilities.

Gibson has been one of the more solid contributors to the Knicks. He has been lauded for his leadership and presence in the locker room. The team found a great mentor Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks’ rising young center, in Gibson.

His contract is a little expensive at two-years, $20M, so Rose may want to see if Gibson would return to the team on a discount deal. As long as he continues to display his veteran leadership, effort on defense, and efficiency on offense, Gibson should come back to the Knicks.

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