NY Knicks: Who are the top playoff performers on the roster?

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Taj Gibson’s experience has been a huge factor for the NY Knicks’ season

If you look at Tom Thibodeau’s history in the playoffs, you’re likely to find Taj Gibson’s is very similar.

It’s become a running joke that as long as the Knicks’ current coach is in the league, Gibson will have a roster spot.

Jokes aside, Gibson’s playoff history is nothing to laugh at.

The benchmark for effort on the Knicks’ roster, Gibson has brought that attitude with him into 65 playoff games.

He’s helped the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Minnesota Timberwolves to the dance – going as far as the Eastern Conference finals in 2011 with Chicago.

His best performance in the playoffs came in 2014 – although it came in a 4-1 series loss where the Bulls fell to the Washington Wizards.

Gibson was outstanding – averaging 18.2 points and 2.4 blocks per game while logging over 30 minutes per game.

Gibson won’t be expected to perform like that in 2021, but he’ll still be key to what the Knicks are trying to accomplish. He’ll show his value filling in for Noel off the bench – hustling for loose balls and doing the team’s dirty work.

We know Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t want it any other way.