Daniel “Boobie” Gibson has had some big moments as a Cleveland Cavalier. In the 2007 playoffs, alongside then-Cavalier LeBron James, Gibson led the Cavs to the NBA Finals. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons, he scored 31 points in the series-clinching win. In fact, his 31 points were the most since Magic Johnson scored 41 way back in 1980.
Since that incredible season, Gibson hasn’t been quite as impactful. He only played 58 games in the next season, and 56 again in 2009-10. He has actually never played a full season, with 75 games being a career high. For his career, he has averages of 8.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. He also has averaged 2.0 assists along with 0.6 steals. Not great stats, but serviceable for an off-the-bench guy in the NBA.
Gibson is a pretty well known commodity at this point. He’s 6-2, but his skills are better suited for the two. He can shoot well, but other than that there isn’t much to his offense. He also can’t run the point reliably, which makes him a liability when he’s called upon to come in for Kyrie Irving. That makes him an issue, but with his ability to shoot, it’s likely that he gets lots of playing time even if his game is limited. Expect to see a lot of Gibson this season off the bench. With his limited skills, you can expect him to play 10-15 minutes a game either in a small lineup at the two or playing the one if he absolutely has to.
The addition of Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles to the Cavs roster also makes things interesting for Gibson. If Waiters and/or Miles play well early on, where does he play? They have better all-around skills than him, and it’s not like he’s going to supplant Kyrie Irving as the starter. Gibson could be potentially in no-mans land if the new additions are immediate impacts. That’s hard to believe – considering that only a few years ago he was on his way to becoming a Cavs’ cult hero.
But as bad as it may look, Gibson should still get some playing time this season. He may not ever recreate the magic he had in the 2007 playoffs, but as long as he can shoot, he’ll have a place on the roster. He’ll get some time, and if he can show improvement, maybe he’ll get some extra minutes. But for now, look for “Boobie” to get some minutes, shoot some threes, and go back to bench. Until he improves, that’s where his career is headed.