NY Knicks: The 3 most unlikely players to be on next year’s roster

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Would the NY Knicks be smart to bring back Taj Gibson?

This one is surely going to ruffle some feathers, but let’s be real here…

Taj Gibson, while incredibly impactful this season, is turning 36 in June and will be going on 37 by the end of next season.

There may not be a whole lot left in the tank.

I do believe he may retain some kind of role within the organization, as he is a Brooklyn-born native of New York and may fit in nicely on the coaching staff one day.

That being said, Taj could very well be back if he does in fact have some game left in him.

He would likely be in the role that Norvel Pelle is in now, as the 3rd string center.

I’d personally love to have him back if he can play as effectively as he has been this season.

Taj has played for Coach Thibodeau for basically his entire career so perhaps muscle memory and just overall understanding of Thibs’ systems can help propel him next season even if he does lose a step both physically and athletically.

Gibson doesn’t fit the mold of what the Knicks or Coach Thibs likes in his centers whatsoever in that the other guys are bouncy, long defenders.

Taj is a bit smaller and not as defensively sound when protecting the rim as the other 3 guys on the roster, but his basketball IQ makes him incredibly useful.