Top 20 Cleveland Cavaliers: #13 Daniel Gibson
The 13th greatest Cavalier of all-time is without a doubt, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. The epitome of an NBA stud who doesn’t get enough playing time, Daniel has had a huge impact on the Cavaliers organization, and has always been a fan-favorite.
Gibson grew up in Texas, where he excelled at Jones High School. Averaging 25.5 points per game, he led his team to a 31-5 record, and won the Texas 4A State Championships his senior year. Daniel chose to continue his career with the Texas Longhorns, but he wouldn’t be there long. In the two seasons he played, he scored 935 points, and made 175 three pointers. In his sophomore season, he dropped nine 3’s in a game against Baylor, a Texas record.
On June 7th 2006, Boobie decided he would enter the NBA draft, and forgo his two years remaining of college eligibility. 22 days later, the Cavaliers drafted Daniel in the second round with the 42nd overall pick. Following a pre-draft workout with the Cavs in 2006, he cancelled all remaining workouts with any other teams and refused to work out for them prior to the draft. This potentially was the reason he fell to the 2nd round. He joined a Cleveland backcourt that that was dead last in scoring in the NBA. That was about to change.
Mike Brown gave Gibson his first start in January of 2007 against the Golden State Warriors. Only 20 years old, he would start 15 more games for the Cavaliers that season. He shot 42% from behind the 3 point line, which led all rookies. LeBron was 31% on the year.. ouch.
Daniel represented the Cavaliers on the Sophmore-squad in the 2008 Rookie vs. Sophmore challenge. On a team with Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, and Brandon Roy, playing against the likes of Kevin Durant and Al Horford.. Gibson was clearly the best player on the court. Daniel shattered a record by draining 11 three pointer’s. He scored 33 points, and brought home the MVP trophy. Boobie and Zydrunas are the only Cavaliers to take home this award in the Rookie/Sophmore challenge.
In the 2007 playoffs, he made a name for himself vs. the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 3 he came up big with 9 points and an important steal from Tayshaun Prince late in the 4th quarter. He followed that up with 21 points in Game 4, which came from only 7 field goal attempts. We all know what LeBron did taking over in Game 5. But Game 6 was Daniel Gibson’s turn to shine. He dropped a career high 31 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
He helped the Cavaliers become only the third team in NBA history to win a best-of-seven conference final after losing the first two games of the series. Not to mention, he helped propel the Cavs to their first ever NBA finals.
Daniel Gibson is an important piece to the Cavaliers franchise. Although he has seen a significant decrease in playing time over the last several years, he still remains a fan favorite. Gibson is known for having unique designs cut into his hair, and it does a pretty good job of separating him from the crowd. Oh, and he’s dating Keyshia Cole.
I’m still not sure why Mike Brown basically delegated him to the bench this year. Extremely frustrating. Brown probably viewed Gibson’s size as hindrance to the team’s defense, but that’s just ignorant. Danny Ferry was even quoted as saying, “Daniel Gibson is the best defensive guard on the team.”