Dick Gibbs (basketball)

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Dick Gibbs
Personal information
Born (1948-12-20) December 20, 1948 (age 69)
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)
  • Burlington CC (1967–1969)
  • UTEP (1969–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 1971–1976
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 40, 31, 21
Career history
19711972 Houston Rockets
1973 Kansas City–Omaha Kings
1973–1974 Seattle SuperSonics
1974–1975 Washington Bullets
1975–1976 Buffalo Braves
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-WAC (1971)
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] Following a period at Burlington Junior College, he played college basketball for the University of Texas at El Paso Miners from 1969 to 1971.[3] Gibbs scored 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."[4]

Gibbs improved his scoring average to 17.4 points per game in 1970–71, and his 10.6 rebounds per game were up from the 8.5 he had averaged the previous season. Both totals were team highs. At the end of the season, he was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference team. As of 2012, he was fourth in Miners history with 9.7 rebounds per game for his career.[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.[5] Following his playing career, Gibbs ran a drug treatment facility in Newport Beach, California.[2]


  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. ^ a b "UTEP to Tangle With UAB in "Noche Latina" Game Saturday". University of Texas at El Paso. January 30, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Knight, Bill (October 28, 2015). "Gibbs, Archibald led small team to big time". El Paso Times. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "1974–75 Washington Bullets Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 9, 2010.