New York Knicks player grades for 2020-21 Season

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New York Knicks: Taj Gibson | C+ (77/100 points)

Entertainment Value: 6 points
Future with the Knicks: 6 points
Stability: 14 points
Chemistry: 17 points
Eye Test: 16 points
Statistics: 18 points

Entertainment Value: This category is underrated for Gibson. He brought a lot of fire to the playoffs, showing up as the vet with nothing to lose and back up his team. However, he’s one of the most fundamental players in the NBA – which isn’t a bad thing – but just doesn’t cut it for this ranking.

Future with the Knicks: I’m tempted to say that Gibson won’t be back with the New York Knicks next season. It wasn’t that he was bad but more that if New York wants to improve, they’ll have to make tough cuts.

Stability: Gibson hardly missed any games that he wasn’t scratched for a DNP. At the end of the season, he really took on a big workload, which can be tough for a 36-year-old.

Chemistry: At this stage in Gibson’s career he’s brought in to be a locker room guy. He might not fit in off the court being with such a young team, but he’s a glue guy on the court.

Eye Test: It’s not that Taj does anything wrong and in fact, he’s a good model for how a power forward should play basketball. He’s not flashy but has a great mind for the game. However, he’s certainly slowed down a bit and is clearly past his prime.

Statistics: Gibson delivered when he needed to. He averaged 5.4 points and 5.6 rebounds during the regular season. In the playoffs, Taj made a living on the glass, averaging 7.0 rebounds a game. There’s still some gas left in the tank.