Daniel Gibson

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Daniel Gibson
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Gibson with the Cavaliers
Personal information
Born (1986-02-27) February 27, 1986 (age 35)
Houston, Texas
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Jones (Houston, Texas)
College Texas (2004–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career2006–2013
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Career history
20062013 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 3,115 (7.8 ppg)
Rebounds 792 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 775 (2.0 apg)
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daniel Hiram Gibson (born February 27, 1986) [1] is an American former professional basketball player who played seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was selected by the Cavaliers in the second round of the 2006 NBA draft.


High school career

Gibson averaged 25.5 points per game and 9.3 assists per game while leading Jones High School in Houston, Texas 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 class, and was a member of the National Honor Society. [2]

College career

Gibson starred as a guard in college basketball the University of Texas at Austin. 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 9 of 12 against the Baylor Bears on January 21, 2006. It was one short of the Texas record of 10 set by Al Coleman against Kansas State in January 1997. [3] He scored a personal-high 37 points in that same game. [3]

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 sank at least four three-pointers in a game on 10 occasions. Gibson was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year after his first season, averaging 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. [1] On June 7, 2006, Gibson announced his decision to forgo his two remaining years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

NBA career

Cleveland Cavaliers

2006–07 season and NBA Finals vs San Antonio Spurs

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 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. [4] He joined a Cavaliers backcourt that was the 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. [5] 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 had his first big playoff opportunity in game 3 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. He scored 9 points, including two three-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. Gibson was also 12 of 12 from the free throw line.

In a closeout game vs Detroit in Game 6 June 2, 2007, Daniel Gibson had a monster game with 31 points (a career high), shooting 7 out of 9 FGs, 5 for 5 threes, and 12 out of 15 free throws to end the Detroit Pistons' summer and send the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

Gibson was mentored in defensive skills by veteran teammate Eric Snow in the 2006-07 season.

In game one of the 2007 NBA Finals against the Spurs, Gibson shined off the bench, leading the team in scoring with Gibson scoring 16 points efficiently, on 7 of 9 shooting. The Cavs would go on to lose game one however 76-85.

In game two of the NBA Finals, Gibson had another solid game adding 15 points and overall being the second leading scorer behind LeBron James at this point while coming off the bench to Larry Hughes. Gibson played great basketball, being a great three point shooter, not turning the ball over and being effective overall.

His first start in the playoffs came in the third game of the 2007 NBA Finals, after an injury to Larry Hughes. Game 3 was one of the worst games of the entire playoffs for Gibson. He shot an atrocious 1 for 10, and 0 for 5 from three. Shots could not fall, and the Cavaliers lost game 3 too 0-3. He started the following game as well.

In the final game, game 4 of the 2007 NBA Finals, Daniel Gibson had a decent game, dropping 10 points to an eventual loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The series would be a sweep. He shot 4-10 from the field, and 2 for 6 from three. Daniel Gibson averaged 0 turnovers for the entire finals, and was the third leading scorer for the Cavaliers at 10.8 points per game behind Drew Gooden at 12.8 points a game. However, Daniel Gibson struggled defensively guarding Tony Parker who averaged 24.5 points a game and a finals MVP Trophy.

2007–08 season

Gibson played in 58 games, starting 26 of those. He averaged 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 fifth in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage, making 44.0% of his three-point attempts. [6] 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. [7] He returned to action on March 29, 2008 against the Detroit Pistons, scoring only 1 point in 18 minutes. [8]

Gibson with the Cavs GibsonCavs.jpg
Gibson with the Cavs

In game 5 against the Boston Celtics, in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Gibson separated his shoulder and missed the final two games; [9] [10] the Cavaliers lost 4-3 in the series. 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." [10]

Gibson was selected to participate in the Rookie Challenge (Sophomore team) [11] and the Three-point Shootout during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

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 three-pointers, 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. [12]

Gibson finished in second place in the Three-point Shootout. He advanced to the final round by scoring 17 points in the first round, which tied him with Dirk Nowitzki for second place. In the final round, Gibson again scored 17 points, but it was not enough. Defending champion Jason Kapono tied the 22-year shootout record of 25 points for the victory. [13]

2008–09 season

On June 10, 2008, Gibson had surgery on his ankle in Houston. [9] On July 16, 2008, the Cavaliers signed Gibson to a five-year, $21 million contract. [14]

On November 26, 2008, Gibson scored his 1,000th career point in the Cavs' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. [15]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2006–07 Cleveland 601616.5.424.419.7181.
2007–08 Cleveland 582630.4.432.440.8102.
2008–09 Cleveland 75023.9.391.382.7672.
2009–10 Cleveland 561019.1.466.477.6941.
2010–11 Cleveland 671527.8.400.403.8222.
2011–12 Cleveland 35726.2.351.396.7912.
2012–13 Cleveland 46320.0.340.344.7031.


2007 Cleveland 20220.1.431.409.8841.
2008 Cleveland 11025.8.449.452.7141.
2009 Cleveland 14012.3.325.3571.
2010 Cleveland 504.6.286.2501.

Personal life

Gibson is the son of Byron and Cheryl Gibson. His father played basketball for the University of Houston. [1] Gibson and his ex-wife, Keyshia Cole, have a son. [1] The couple's 2011 wedding was filmed and aired on their BET reality TV series Keyshia & Daniel: Family First on October 9, 2012. [16] The couple later separated in 2014.

On July 29, 2013, Gibson turned himself in to New Orleans police to face a charge of second degree battery related to an incident that took place earlier that month. His attorney declined to comment on the matter, but police said Gibson struck a man, breaking his jaw, in an altercation at a local night club. [17]

After the 2012-2013 season, injuries to his foot and ankle, grieving his grandmother's death, and a lengthy divorce, Gibson began suffering from depression and anxiety, and began writing music to cope with the issues, contrary to rumors that he intentionally was starting a rap career. [18]

In 2017, he toured internationally with other retired NBA players as a part of the Champions Basketball League [19] and he and Cole were featured in the VH1 reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood . [20]

In 2018, Gibson was on the MTV tv show, The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars.

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  5. nba.com boxscore Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
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  7. Cavaliers Daniel Gibson could miss 6 weeks with ankle sprain Archived October 20, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  8. With Nets loss, Cavs clinch playoff spot despite loss to Pistons Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  9. 1 2 Gibson has ankle surgery, expected to be ready for training camp Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  10. 1 2 Cavs commit to Gibson with new five-year contract Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  11. Blazers' Roy, Sonics' Durant lead Sophomores and Rookies Archived August 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  12. Cavs' Gibson sinks record 11 3-pointers in blowout vs. rookies Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  13. Howard proves big men can fly, earns dunk title Archived October 20, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  14. Gibson signs five year deal Archived August 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  15. Daniel Gibson Game Log
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  17. Free agent Gibson faces battery charge Archived February 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
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