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12 - Bismack Biyombo

Congo 

  • Birthday: 8/28/92
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 243
  • Team: Fuenlabrada
  • Hometown: Lubumbashi, Congo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Ian Mahinmi/ Adonal Foyle

Strengths: A very explosive 6’9” center with a terrific wingspan ... He’s able to run the floor with very good speed and hustles at all times ... As he gains experience, his skills will certainly permit him to become a very solid defensive player, possibly a shot blocking specialist ... Quickness and footspeed are surely good enough to defend inside players, hedge and recuperate on the pick and roll ... Toughness and intensity are fine, balance is okay too, although as he gets stronger and adds volume it’ll be easier for him to hold inside positions and become a better finisher in the paint. Biyombo is a player who likes to play above the rim. Additionally he has nice skills in the low post to attack the basket, using fakes, spin moves and jump hooks ... A quick first step and ability to put the ball on the floor allow him also to make one dribble power moves to the basket .. Appears to be a quick study, developing his skill level to the point where it is ... There have been numerous African players who have been brought to European leagues and failed to accomplish what Biyombo has (impacting a high level ACB team) ... As for rebounding, Bismack usually tries to box out and goes for offensive boards quite fiercely ... In just a few months playing with the first team of Fuenlabrada in the ACB, defensive positioning in help side has improved a lot to become a consistent intimidating force in the paint ... considered a high character kid by all accounts ... Hands aren't bad considering how raw he is and that many African players have below average hand eye coordination, and he could even develop into a pick and roll option.

Weaknesses: Offensive game is a long ways from being NBA ready ... He still needs to develop his footwork and overall awareness ... Doesn’t have the needed confidence in his left hand yet and has to go right to finish inside. His outside shooting lacks polish ... Right now his passing is only average ... His general basketball knowledge and awareness on both sides of the court show his lack of experience ... Fundamentals and timing on rebounds can improve ... Several relatively basic concepts in both offense and defense aren’t yet automatic in his game ... Too often loses rebounds by jumping in an uncontrolled fashion for blocked shots instead of keeping his inside position to box out his opponent ...

Nico Van den Bogaerd 6/12/11

Strengths: A bigtime shot blocker with tremendous length (7-7 wingspan) and athleticism for a bigman. Intimidating force on the defensive end ... Protects the rim well and shows excellent timing and reflexes on blocked shots ... Runs the floor very fast. Plays with a high motor, brings energy to the team defensively ... Has made an impact at the senior level in Europe playing in Spain (17 min, 6.4 ppg and 5 rpg, 2.3 blk) in a short amount of time ... Thick, strong legs. Powerful frame. Already has an NBA body ... Hustles for rebounds ... Shows a mature, positive attitude. Speaks English well ... His offensive rebounding and put backs are currently his most effective offensive weapon ...

Weaknesses: Offensive game is as raw as it gets and a long ways from being effective at the NBA level ... Basic fundamentals and technique are way behind, and may never catch up ... Age has been heavily scrutinized and most feel he's somewhere between 4-5 years older than his listed 18 ... Footwork and offensive skills are basically non-existent. His jumpshot is more of a set shot and doesn't have a clean release ... Appears to strictly be a two foot leaper ... Brings the ball down too low when he gets it inside (and before he dunks), allowing smaller players access to it ... Reaction speed offensively is questionable ... Rebounding (primarily defensive) technique needs improvement, he currently gets most of his boards due to his physical attributes ... Hands are average ... Has yet to face high caliber bigmen on a consistent basis (has just 14 games of experience on the senior level) ...

Outlook: Has become an instant internet sensation receiving a ton of hype due to his tremendous length and explosiveness ... He'll look to ride that wave into becoming a first round pick in this year's draft ... Considered a huge risk with so many unknowns ... Was discovered in a Yemen youth basketball tournament at "age 16" and brought to Spain to continue his basketball career ... Made his ACB debut on Jan 9th, 2011 ... Has an uphill battle after many recent African players before him (Yinka Dare, Saer Sene, John Riek, Kene Obi, etc) have struggled to live up to their hype ... Will attempt to replicate the success that his countryman Serge Ibaka has had ...

Aran Smith 4/10/11

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