Daniel "Boobie" Gibson Deserves Playing Time with Cavaliers Come Playoffs

Cory HolibaughCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2010

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 bona fide 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.

These are just some of the highlights of a backup point guard's short career so far. What I forgot to mention is how great he played in the Eastern Conference final in his rookie season. He stepped up huge for Cleveland, and he is a big reason why the Cavaliers made it to the Finals.

Since his rookie season, Gibson hasn't really lived up to the hype he started in that memorable playoff series. Injuries and offseason surgeries could have something to do with it. Going from backup to starter and then to third-string point guard doesn't help either.

Nonetheless, I believe that it is Gibson's time. Mo hasn't been the same since his injury, and with his shot totals getting smaller, his inconsistency will hurt him even more. West's minutes have been sporadic this season due to legal problems.

With the addition of Antawn Jamison, Gibson is the perfect player for this team:

1. Gibson is a solid shooter and is lights out from beyond the arc. As a third option behind James and Jamison, or even a fourth behind Shaq, Gibson will manage better than Mo.

2. He will help stretch the floor. The Cavaliers already have one of the best offenses in the post. Throw in a top three-point shooting point guard next to Anthony Parker and the floor will be stretched and points will come easy.

3. Gibson is probably the Cavaliers' best defender at point guard. Williams is soft when it comes to defending. Gibson is aggressive and in your face. That will come in handy when playing Boston and Orlando in the playoffs. Rajon Rondo and Jameer Nelson are good, and disturbing their game would come in handy.

4. Gibson can make the big shot! He did in the '06-'07 Eastern Conference finals and he did it to send the Cavaliers and Nets in overtime in the last game of last season. I believe he has more in him.

Here is a little fun fact for everyone who disagrees: The Cavalier's current record is 58-16. That is a 78 percent win ratio.

This season, when Boobie has played 15 minutes or more, the Cavaliers are 34-8. That is an 80 percent win ratio.

When he plays 20 minutes or more, the Cavaliers are 26-4. That is a 86 percent win ratio.

Oh, and how could I forget? The man is second overall in three-point percentage. SECOND OVERALL! The man leading the league, Kyle Korver, has taken 55 fewer shots from behind the arc!

Give Boobie playing time! In last year's Eastern Conference finals I rarely saw him play. Don't make the same mistake, Mike Brown!