Dick Gibbs (basketball)

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Dick Gibbs
No. 40, 31, 21
Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1948-12-20) December 20, 1948 (age 65)
Ames, Iowa
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Ames (Ames, Iowa)
College Burlington CC (1967–1969)
UTEP (1969–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1971–1976
Career history
19711972 Houston Rockets
1973 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1973–1974 Seattle SuperSonics
1974–1975 Washington Bullets
1975–1976 Buffalo Braves
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,739 (5.2 ppg)
Rebounds 624 (1.9 rpg)
Assists 260 (0.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dick Gibbs (born December 20, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for five teams from 1971 to 1976, posting career averages of 5.2 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game.[1]

Born in Ames, Iowa,[1] Gibbs attended Ames High School and played on their basketball team in 1967, helping them reach the state championship game.[2] He played college basketball for the University of Texas at El Paso Miners, and recorded 10.5 points per game in the 1969–70 season, when the Miners won the Western Athletic Conference championship in their first season in the league. In the last game of the regular season, Gibbs sustained an injury and was unable to play in the NCAA Tournament; the Miners lost in the first round. Their coach, Don Haskins, later said, "Without him, we had no chance to go very far in the tournament."[3]

In the third round of the 1971 NBA Draft, Gibbs was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 49th overall pick. He was traded to the Houston Rockets in June 1971, the first of five trades he was involved in during his career. After playing the 1971–72 season with the Rockets, Gibbs was on four other teams over the next four seasons—the Kansas City–Omaha Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Washington Bullets, and Buffalo Braves. With the SuperSonics in 1973–74, he posted a career-high of 10.8 points per game.[1] The next season, he was a member of the Bullets team that reached the 1975 NBA Finals.[4] Following his playing career, Gibbs ran a drug treatment facility in Newport Beach, California.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dick Gibbs". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Iowan, Former Basketball Pro Tells Of Struggle". KCCI. February 17, 2006. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Knight, Bill (September 7, 2008). "10. Gibbs, Archibald led small team to big time". El Paso Times. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1974–75 Washington Bullets Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 9, 2010.