Throughout his career, Coach Byron Scott has made a living from helping mediocre players reach their full potential in the league. He has taken teams with far less talent than the current Cavaliers deep into the playoffs. And he’s turned good three point shooters into legitimate threats with his run-and-gun offensive scheme.
Of all the players on this year’s roster, no one will benefit more from Scott’s guidance than Daniel Gibson.
Daniel Gibson (14.4 ppg, 4.0 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.14 spg)
Gibson has spent the last few years of his career riding the bench for Mike Brown. He did, however, make the most of every opportunity that he was given and played particularly well when Mo Williams went down with an injury last season.
This year, though, Gibson will be given every opportunity to succeed in Scott’s Princeton-style offense. Scott has called him his “best defender” – which, in and of itself, is a huge compliment about a guy that didn’t see the floor last season due in large part because his defensive ability was a huge question mark – and has continuously said that the Texas alum will play. And he will play a lot.
Gibson has been a steady three point shooter since he came into the league in 2006. He’s always been a fan favorite. And he always seems to be having fun – which, I think, will be a common theme with this team this season.
I’m expecting Boobie to team up with Antawn Jamison to lead the way off the Cavalier bench this season. He’ll finally find his niche as a consistent three point specialist in Byron Scott’s system because he has a keen ability to find openings in the defense to create open shots for himself and for his teammates.
I am definitely buying Gibson as a legitimate force on this team this season. If he and JJ Hickson can reach their full potential, Cleveland will certainly exceed expectations laid out by all of the so-called experts.
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