Daniel Hiram Gibson is a professional basketball player who plays as a point guard in his home country, the United States of America. Gibson went to the Jones High School where he had a school leading 25.54 points per game average along with 9.3 assists per game, another school leading stat. He led the team to a 31-4 record during his time there and took the team to the Texas Class 4A state title in his senior year. However, Gibson wasn’t just good in sports as he graduated 6th in class, out of 212 students and was also a member of the National Honor Society.
With exceptional academics and sports credentials, it came as no surprise when Gibson was accepted at the University of Texas at Austin. Gibson was lethal from behind the arc in his time with the Longhorns and had 175 3-pointers to his name out of 935 points after two college seasons. Out of those 175 threes, Gibson scored 101 3-pointers in 2005-06 alone – a school record.
After two seasons where he averaged 13.8 points with 3.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds, Gibson was awarded an Honourable Mention All-America by AP after the second season. He was named to the First Team NABC All-District 9 as well as to the All-Big 12 Third Team. Gibson also won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year title after averaging 14.2 points with 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
In June, 2006, Gibson decided to forego the remaining two years at college and declared for the 2006 NBA Draft. He was picked in the second round at 42nd overall. After a pre-draft workout with the Cavaliers, Gibson had decided not to undergo any other workouts with any other teams and decided to cancel all his other commitments. This was considered as one of the main reasons why he fell into the second round of the draft instead of being picked in the first round, which he was widely touted for. The Cavaliers had had the worst scoring backcourt in the 2005-06 season and his addition hoped to bolster that area of the game for the team.
Gibson had a decent rookie season, averaging 4.6 points per game although he did lead all the rookies in 3-pointer scoring percentage with 41.9%. He was extremely influential in the Cavaliers’ race to the playoffs and that earned him a starting spot against the Toronto Raptors. Gibson averaged 8.8 points at the end of the season, in 16 games.
In the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons, Gibson got into the zone with a great Game 3. He scored 9 points including 2 three-pointers, grabbed two rebounds, blocked a shot and made an incredible and important steal off Tayshaun Prince in the dying moments of the fourth quarter. He followed this performance with an even better Game 4 where he scored 21 points from 6 field goal attempts. He shot 10 of 12 from the line as well.