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Bismack Biyombo was drafted seventh in 2011 by the Sacramento Kings and immediately traded to the Bobcats. He and Kemba (drafted ninth) were the beginning of ushering in a new, younger team that had flat-lined and needed to be rebuilding.
Obviously, last year was a disaster, but it can hardly be blamed on those two, as they both actually played fairly well. Biyombo was drafted as a project pick, and he has proven to be just that.
Biyombo is a physical freak standing nearly 6'10" with a completely ridiculous wingspan of 7'6". He had almost no offensive skill when drafted, but his defensive upside alone was worth the pick. The Bobcats now have to continue to refine him.
Serge Ibaka. That seems to be the best comparison for Biyombo. Like Ibaka, Biyombo will likely never put up big numbers offensively, but if he can just perfect his post up hook shot, he could average around 10 points in 32 minutes.
Where Bismack will excel is on the boards, where he could potentially average over 10 rebounds and 2.5-3 blocks. He could be a defensive force in the center and, in fact, showed his defensive potential often last season with the Bobcats.
Biyombo's marquis game last season came on March 6, 2012 against the Orlando Magic, where he got the better of Superman/Crybaby Dwight Howard. In that game, he scored 10 points, collected 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots. That's potentially Biyombo in the best case.
If Biyombo doesn't improve offensively and start committing fewer fouls, he's going to be viewed as a bust. No amount of blocked shots will block the fact that he is still extremely raw and was drafted purely because of his physical gifts.
If he doesn't grow, Biyombo will become a permanent 15 minutes-a-game PF, and I don't want that for him. He's a young, intelligent, hard working young man that just needs the right direction to achieve the "Serge Ibaka Effect." He might just not have the actual skill.
In many ways, Biyombo is the embodiment of the entire Charlotte Bobcats' core: young, physically talented, positive and hard working, but still just not good enough.
This coming season is by no means do-or-die for Biyombo, and he is still learning. He also has the burden of having to learn two positions (PF and "undersized" center).
Depending on Tyrus Thomas, what the plan with Byron Mullens will be (we'll get there) and how the coaching staff tackles his development, Biyombo could either stay about where he did last year (23.1 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG) or improve slightly.
I do expect him to do the latter, and I think a fair statistical estimate for Biyombo will be around 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks off of 25 or so minutes.