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Daniel Hiram Gibson (born February 27, 1986, in Houston, Texasmarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. His nickname, "Boobie," was affectionately given to him by his mother.

High school

Gibson averaged 25.54 points per game and 9.3 assist per game while leading Jones High School in Houston, Texasmarker to a 31-4 record and the Texas Class 4A state title as a senior. It marked the school's first state championship since 1965. Gibson graduated sixth out of 212 students in his high school senior class. and was a member of the National Honor Society.

College

Gibson starred as a guard in college basketball for the University of Texas at Austinmarker. In his two seasons with the Longhorns, he scored 935 points, including 175 three-point field goals. Gibson made 101 threes during the 2005-2006 season, including nine (of 12) against the Baylor Bearsmarker on January 21, 2006. It was one short of the Texas record of 10 set by Al Coleman against Kansas Statemarker in January, 1997. He scored a personal-high 37 points in that same game.

Gibson played two seasons at Texas and averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 68 games (all starts). He was named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press following his sophomore season. Gibson averaged 13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore. He earned First-Team NABC All-District 9 honors and was named All-Big 12 Third Team. He set a school record for most three-point field goals made in a season (101). He was one of 16 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. He hit at least four three-pointers in a game on 10 occasions. Gibson was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year after his freshman season in which he averaged 14.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He was also named All-Big 12 Third Team and became the first freshman in school history to lead Texas in scoring.

On June 7, 2006, Gibson announced his decision to forgo his two remaining years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

NBA

2006-07

On June 29, 2006, Gibson was drafted in the second round with the 42nd overall pick of the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a May 2006 pre-draft workout with the Cavs, Gibson canceled all his remaining workouts with other teams and refused to work out for any other team before the draft. It is believed this was the reason Gibson fell to the second round after some thought he might be drafted in the first round. He joined a Cavaliers backcourt that was worst in the league in scoring the previous season.

In his rookie season, Gibson averaged 4.6 points per game and led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 41.9%. Daniel contributed in helping the Cleveland Cavaliers reach the NBA playoffs. Cavs coach Mike Brown gave Gibson his first place in the starting line-up on December 6, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors. He finished the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Overall, Gibson started 16 games and averaged 8.8 points on 53.9% shooting in his starts.

Gibson got his first big playoff opportunity in Game 3 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. He came up big for the Cavaliers scoring 9 points, including two 3-pointers. He also grabbed 2 rebounds, blocked 1 shot, and had an important steal from Tayshaun Prince late in the fourth quarter. He followed this in Game 4, scoring 21 points, which came from only 6 field goal attempts. He was also 10 of 12 from the free throw line.

Gibson was the star of Game 6 of the 2007 Eastern Conference finals against the Pistons. His performance included a career high 31 points (19 in the 4th quarter) on 7 of 9 field goals, 5 of 5 from the three point range, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Gibson's 31 points were the most by a rookie in a series-clinching win since Magic Johnson led the Lakers with 42 points to clinch the championship in the 1980 NBA Finals. After a 98-82 victory, Gibson and the Cavs moved on to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Gibson was mentored by veteran teammate Eric Snow in the 2006-07 season to improve his defense abilities.

His first start in the playoffs came in the third game of the 2007 NBA Finals, due to the injury to Larry Hughes. He started the following game as well, in which the Cavaliers lost the championship.

2007-2008

Gibson played in 58 games, starting 26, averaging 10.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. He scored a season high 26 points on November 20, 2007 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Gibson had a career-high six three-pointers against the New York Knicks on November 2, 2007 and a career-high eight assists against the Washington Wizards on December 5, 2007. Gibson ranked 5th in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage making 44.0% of his three-point attempts. NBA.com : Daniel Gibson Career Stats Page Gibson missed 18 games in February and March due to an ankle injury suffered when he and the Indiana Pacers' Travis Diener dove in the lane for a loose ball in the second quarter of a Cavs win over the Pacers. He returned to action on March 29, 2008 against the Detroit Pistons, scoring only 1 point in 18 minutes.

In Game 5 against the Boston Celtics, in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Gibson separated his shoulder and missed the final two games; the Cavaliers lost 4-3 in the series. And Gibson said missing Game 7 of the Boston series still haunts him: "I've had a lot of sleepless nights just wondering where I could have helped the team," Gibson said.

Gibson was also selected to participate in the Rookie Challenge (Sophomore team) and the Three-point Shootout during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleansmarker.

During the first half of the Rookie Challenge, Gibson tied the record for total three-pointers made, despite not being a starter in the game. He later set the record in the second half with eleven total threes, finishing the game shooting 11-20 from beyond the arc. Gibson was named MVP of the game finishing with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Gibson finished in second place in the Three-point Shootout. He advanced to the final round by scoring 17 points in in the first round which tied with Dirk Nowitzki for second place. In the final round Gibson again scored 17 points, but it was not enough as defending champion Jason Kapono scored a shootout 22-year-old-record-tying 25 points for the victory.

2008-2009

On June 10, 2008, Gibson had surgery performed on his ankle in Houston. On July 16, 2008 the Cavaliers signed Gibson to a five-year, $21 million deal.

On November 26, 2008, Gibson scored his 1,000th career point in the Cavs' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gibson currently ranks 11th all time in three pointers made by a Cavalier (224).

Personal

Daniel Gibson's parents are Byron and Cheryl Gibson. His father Byron played basketball at the University of Houston. He is currently dating R&B singer Keyshia Cole.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2006–07
Cleveland
60 16 16.5 .424 .419 .718 1.5 1.2 .4 .1 4.6
2007–08
Cleveland
58 26 30.4 .432 .440 .810 2.3 2.5 .8 .2 10.4
2008–09
Cleveland
75 0 23.9 .391 .382 .767 2.1 1.8 .6 .2 7.8
Career
193 42 23.6 .413 .412 .778 2.0 1.8 .6 .2 7.6

Playoffs

2006–07
Cleveland
20 2 20.1 .1000 .409 .884 1.6 1.1 .6 .2 8.3
2007–08
Cleveland
11 0 25.8 .449 .452 .714 1.7 2.5 .6 .2 9.0
2008–09
Cleveland
14 0 12.3 .325 .357 1.000 .5 .4 .1 .2 3.4
Career
45 2 19.1 .419 .412 .868 1.3 1.2 .4 .2 6.9

References

  1. NBA.com Bio: Daniel Gibson
  2. NBA blog for Gibson
  3. HoustonISD.org Jones HS Alumni
  4. No. 6 Texas trounces Baylor behind Gibson's 37
  5. nba.com boxscore
  6. Cavaliers Daniel Gibson could miss 6 weeks with ankle sprain
  7. With Nets loss, Cavs clinch playoff spot despite loss to Pistons
  8. Cavs commit to Gibson with new five-year contract
  9. Blazers' Roy, Sonics' Durant lead Sophomores and Rookies
  10. Cavs' Gibson sinks record 11 3-pointers in blowout vs. rookies
  11. Howard proves big men can fly, earns dunk title
  12. Gibson has ankle surgery, expected to be ready for training camp
  13. Gibson signs five year deal
  14. Daniel Gibson Game Log
  15. Daniel Gibson Statistics
  16. Richard L. Eldredge. " Peach Buzz". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 20, 2009. Retrieved on May 27, 2009.


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