Bismack Biyombo is a projected late lottery pick as of now; however, nobody has any idea where he will land on draft night.
Biyombo caught the eyes of NBA scouts after his historical performance in the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit. During that game, Biyombo recorded the first ever triple double, with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and most impressive, 10 blocks. Soon after his stellar performance, he found himself projected to be picked early in the first round. He became an overnight sensation, and now he could go as early as fifth, to the Toronto Raptors.
Scouting Report: Biyombo’s draft stock is based primarily on only one facet, defense. He possesses an almost unheard of wingspan of 7’ 7”, giving him the ability to guard other big men despite his shorter stature of 6’9″. He has decent fundamentals, but is able to play at such a high level due just to his sheer athleticism and agile foot movement. Bismack is also a tremendous rebounder, due to all of the afore mentioned traits. Last year in the ACB he was one of the best rebounders in the league.
Much has been said about Biyombo’s poor offensive game, but the truth is that he is able to contribute the offensive end due to his athleticism, crashing the glass, as well as running the fast break. Generally, he settles for under the basket dunks, as his post game is not quite developed yet. He does have a spin move and drop step that he uses frequently though. I think that if he bulks up a little bit, and picks up a couple post moves, he could potentially be a decent offensive player. It is important to note that he is only eighteen years old, and he has a long time to grow.
Here is video from his performance in the Nike Hoop Summit:
Judging the fit: Due to his terrific defensive instincts, motor, strength, and athleticism, many have compared him to other successful stoppers like Ben Wallace and Serge Ibaka. For the Knicks, a team with all the scoring in the world, but no toughness, young Bismack is an easy selection. A tough, defensive, shot-blocking center/forward is just what the doctor ordered for the New York Knicks. Biyombo would be a perfect compliment to the Knicks already offensive heavy team.
It is feasible Biyombo could fall to the Knicks if they trade to a lower pick, like the eleventh or even the fifteenth. A pick spent on Biyombo would definitely be a pick well spent, as he would be perfect for the Knicks.
The Verdict: Personally, I think Bismack is what New York needs, an explosive, crowd-pleasing defensive minded center. I believe Donnie Walsh agrees, as there have been countless rumors about the Knicks trading up for the eleventh pick to get either Jimmer, Thompson, or Biyombo.