Cleveland Cavalier’s Daniel “Boobie” Gibson Deserves Playing Time Come Playoffs

March 31st, 2010 by Cory Holibaugh Leave a reply »
When general manager Danny Ferry landed the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Maurice "Mo" Williams for the low cost of Damon Jones and Joe Smith, I was ecstatic.

We had traded away an abysmal team for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, Ben Wallace, and Smith halfway through the season the year before. We rid ourselves of a three-point specialist and an aging backup for a bonafide starting point guard.

Lost in everything was Daniel Gibson. Since being drafted 42nd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, a lot of thought had been put into Gibson. The man, in just his fourth year in the NBA, already has one hell of a track record.

• His 31 points against the Pistons in game six of the Eastern Conference final of his rookie season ('06-'07) were the most points by a rookie in the playoffs since Magic Johnson in the 1980 Finals with the Lakers.

• He broke the record for most three-point shots made in the Rookie Challenge with 11 in the '07-'08 season.

• He won the MVP of the Rookie Challenge that same season.

• Also that same season, Boobie tied Dirk Nowitzki for second place in the three-point shootout.

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