With the 8th Pick in the 2011 Draft the Detroit Pistons Select: Bismack Biyombo
It would have been great to pick high enough to land one of the three point guards that are expected to go high in the top 10.
Kyrie Irvin, Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker will all be wearing the hats of their new teams by the time the Pistons are on the clock. So what should Detroit with that pick?
Draft 6'9", 240-pound center Bismarck Biyombo from the Congo.
Other than a fun name for Palace announcer Mason to have fun with—what does Biyombo bring to the table...
The Next Ben Wallace
Many compare the young Congolese big man to Ben Wallace. While the real Big Ben has slowed down, here is a chance to replace him with a pair of young, explosive legs.
Wallace (and hopefully Bill Laimbeer) will be around to help teach the young big man his professional work ethic and the nuances of post defense in the NBA.
To play Detroit Piston basketball, you need to have a strong presence in the middle. Biyombo will provide just that.
There is a knock on Big Biz however. Just like Ben, Bismarck is very limited at the offensive end of the court. He has only been playing organized ball for a handful of years. Fundamentally, he need lots of work.
Initially, he will be limited to put backs and garbage points. He is young and has a lot of time and room to grow. He runs the floor very well. His end-to-end speed can get him baskets in the transition game as well.
It is on the defensive side of the floor is where he will earn his salary. The athletic Biyombo has the potential to become a game-changing defender. He has very solid NBA frame and a 7'7" inch wing span.
Even at this stage of his career, he is said to have good timing and a knack for swatting shots.
Last year, he led the competitive Spanish league in blocks.
The Pistons ranked dead last in the NBA in block shots last season. Ben Wallace led the team with a layman total of 54 rejections.
It is hard to even talk about being defensive minded when there is no one in town to protect the rim.
Drafting Biyombo can bolster the Pistons overall team defense right away.
How He Fits the Plan
It is no secret that the Pistons roster is in pretty bad shape.
Joe Dumars talked about returning Detroit into a tough, defensive minded team. This bunch never resembled that. Some help in the frontcourt is necessary.
Charlie V looks of out of place, but we have to live with him at this point. He did improve last year, but he is still not that interested in defense.
We know Ben is going to give us all he's got left in the tank at this point.
Tayshaun Prince could be on his way out of town.
Austin Daye shows some promise even playing the shooting guard position, but he is not a good defender.
Jonas Jerebko should be back and fully recovered which is certainly good news. He has a lot of upside and plays with trademark Piston scrappiness.
He and Greg Monroe are some solid pieces to begin to build around.
Monroe is a very intelligent basketball player with a solid game and passing ability. He is also a really good pick and roll defender.
For all that he is though, G Money is much more crafty than he is athletic. He only blocked 45 shots, but he did lead the team (!) with 93 steals.
He positions himself well once he adjusted to the pro game and became a solid rebounder; he could easily average a double-double next season.
It would make a lot of sense to pair him with this strong shot-blocker. Where Monroe does not play above the rim, as you can see in the photo, Biyombo certainly does.
That could be a very good combination.
There is some question regarding Biyombo's age. He says he is 18, but some reports have him as old as 22. As long as he is healthy, it should not be an issue.
He can come in and be part of a young Piston's core.