After some extremely shaky workouts, official 2011 Draft Bismack Biyombo has seen his stock go up and down in recent weeks, with some GMs now claiming that they don’t believe the defensive specialist who spent last season playing professional in Spain will be a lottery pick.
Still, the offensively-challenged Biyombo is extremely confident that he can step in and make an impact on defense and the glass right away for whatever team that drafts him, and he made his feelings clear in a recent interview with NBA.com’s Scott-Howard Cooper:
“In the NBA, I’m sure that I can block a lot of shots, more than I do in the ACB. I can get a lot of rebounds than I do here in the ACB. Why? The reason is, in the NBA there is a lot of one-on-one. A lot of times I watch games, they’re trying to force stuff. They’re trying to go just one-on-one and get the basket. I can say for myself the best block shots are not with your man. It’s when you’re going to help someone.”
So, do you believe you will lead the NBA in blocks?
Will you lead the NBA in blocks?
Can you lead the NBA in rebounding?
“Yes, I will.”
You will lead the NBA in rebounding?
“Yes. Of course. Hundred percent.”
Biyombo went on to say that he loves watching Minnesota’s Kevin Love rebound the ball, and says that he’s absolutely strong enough, both mentally and physically, to hang in the NBA, saying “they’re going to come after me, I’m going to come after them.”
Biyombo’s offensive issues make him a huge risk for whatever team that drafts him, but I’m of the opinion that his combination of defensive awareness, shocking athleticism, and love of playing defense and attacking the glass will make whatever team that ends up drafting him very happy, especially if he applies any of his passion for rebounding and defense to making himself into a passable offensive player.
If Joel Anthony can be a key part of a conference championship team (and his defense was absolutely one of the keys to Miami’s defense-fueled victories over Boston and Chicago), then Biyombo can be an effective role player in the NBA if he puts any work at all into his offensive game. Biyombo is a risk, but he’s one worth taking. All that’s left to see now is which team will be willing to roll the dice on Thursday.