Daniel Gibson

Team Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
Born Feb 27, 1986
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 2006 - present

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.

Things would just get better for Gibson as he became the star of Game 6 with a career-high 31 points including 19 in the final quarter. He had 100% shooting from behind the arc in 5 attempts and had 6 rebounds along with 2 assists. This was the best performance, in terms of points scored, by a rookie in a series clinching game since Magic Johnson’s 42 points helped the Lakers win the 1980 NBA Finals.

Gibson’s performance took the Cavaliers to the finals of the NBA for the first time in their history.

Larry Hughes started the first two playoff games but after picking up an injury, the baton was handed over to Gibson who wasn’t able to pull anything out of the hat as the Cavaliers lost the championships.

In 2007-08, Gibson played 58 games for the Cavaliers, starting almost half of those, while averaging 10.4 points per game with 2.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. His 44.0% three-point shooting percentage was the fifth highest in the NBA. An ankle injury forced him out for the entire February and March fixtures, returning only in the last game in March to play 18 minutes against the Pistons.

The Cavaliers made it to the Semi-Finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs and Gibson, in Game 5, dislocated his shoulder and went on to miss the final two games of the series that the Cavaliers ended up losing.

However, his high point for the season was to get picked in the sophomore team for the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend’s Rookie Challenge as well as for the 3-Point Shootout.

Despite not starting the Rookie Challenge, Gibson tied the record for the total 3-pointers made in the game ever. He would go on to break the record in the second half to end with a total of 11 3-pointers in all. Gibson was named as the game’s MVP after scoring 33 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists as well as steals.

The 3-point shootout ended with Gibson finishing second to Jason Kapono who retained his title.

The 2008-09 season started with an ankle surgery for Gibson and he, later, went on to sign a 5-year, $21 million extension to his contract which was scheduled to end that year.

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