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Bismack Biyombo: Season Report Card

PER PER Against (Net)
Bismack Biyombo 10.96 17.49 (-2.46)

Strengths: Shot blocking, rebounding, hustle. Bismack finished the season averaging 3.2 blocks per 40 minutes, good for top 15 in the league. He also posted solid (though not spectacular) rebound rates, 8.3 offensive and 19.1 defensive. But most of all, he was one of the few Bobcats to play with consistent energy through the trying season. That sometimes manifested itself in batting a rebound out of bounds, over rotating on defense, and leaving his feet for a block – but the effort was was there, night in and night out. That will serve Bismack well as further refines his game and knowledge of it.

Weaknesses: Bismack still has work to do on the offensive end. He showed flashes of a jump hook, but few other post moves, and had a tendency to force things in the post when he did get the ball. Bismack shot below 50% from both the field and the free throw line – as athletic and long as he is, he needs to work on getting better shots and converting near the basket, and, just as important, needs to improve at the free throw line so opponents can’t resort to simply fouling him near the basket.

Reasons for Optimism: Just watch this video:

Reasons for Pessimism: For the immediate future, the Bobcats will still be enduring growing pains with Bismack. He remains very young and raw – next season, he will still only be 20 years old, with not much professional experience to his name. Also, he began his career on a team that set the record for worst winning percentage in NBA history and played very poor defense – both of those items could instill bad habits or attitudes in a young player. That’s not to say they will – but it is a concern.

Forecast: Bismack is and will be a Bobcat for the foreseeable future. Just a year into his rookie deal, Bismack looks like a building block in the Bobcats efforts to turn the franchise back around. Given his seeming love for the game and genuine enthusiasm (I always think back to how he was beaming and smiling in the post game interview following that game saving block in New Orleans), Bismack should continue to improve at both ends of the court and become a defensive anchor (for all the talk of Anthony Davis’ length this year, Bismack has a wider winger span and higher standing reach).