Bismack Biyombo

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Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo 2014.jpg
Biyombo with the Hornets in October 2014
No. 8 – Toronto Raptors
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-08-28) August 28, 1992 (age 23)
Lubumbashi, DR Congo
Nationality Congolese
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009 Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid (Spain)
2009–2011 CB Illescas (Spain)
2011 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)
20112015 Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets
2015–present Toronto Raptors
Stats at
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Bismack Biyombo Sumba (born August 28, 1992) is a Congolese professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings and subsequently traded to the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets).

Early life[edit]

Biyombo, who was born in Lubumbashi, was discovered by the former Jordanian and Angolan and current Portuguese national team head coach, Mário Palma, at the age of 16 at a youth tournament in Yemen. His play impressed the coach and earned him an opportunity to train in Spain.[1]

Biyombo started the 2009–10 season with Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid of the EBA before moving to CB Illescas of the LEB Silver league. He also started the 2010–11 season with CB Illescas before moving to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of the ACB league in January 2011.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Biyombo made his debut in the Spanish ACB League with Fuenlabrada against DKV Joventut on January 9, 2011, recording 5 points and 7 rebounds in just over 13 minutes of play.[3] In Fuenlabrada's narrow defeat to Real Madrid, he recorded 6 points and 3 blocks,[4] one of them against former Spanish League MVP and Spanish national team player, Felipe Reyes.[1]

At the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit, Biyombo participated for the World Select Team (against the USA Select Team), and recorded a triple double, with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 blocks. It was the first recorded triple-double in the Summit's history.[2]

Biyombo was drafted seventh overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA draft, but his rights were later traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in a draft night trade.[5] On December 19, 2011, Biyombo signed a multi-year deal with the Bobcats.[6] After averaging five points per game over his first two seasons with Charlotte, Biyombo's minutes and subsequent production dropped dramatically in 2013–14 as he fell out of favour with coach Steve Clifford, as he averaged just 2.9 points in 13.9 minutes per game.

While his forte in defense and rebounding did drop in 2013–14, Biyombo began the 2014–15 season in much better form despite missing seven out of the first eight games of the season largely due to the acquisition of Jason Maxiell in the 2014 offseason.[7] With the late-December injury to starting center Al Jefferson, Biyombo was placed into the starting line-up.[8] On June 30, 2015, the Hornets decided not to extend a qualifying offer to Biyombo, making him an unrestricted free agent.[9]

On July 18, 2015, Biyombo signed with the Toronto Raptors.[10] On August 1, 2015, he played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.[11] He made his debut for the Raptors in the team's season opener against the Indiana Pacers on October 28, recording 7 points and 5 rebounds in a 106–99 win.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Charlotte 63 41 23.1 .464 .000 .483 5.8 .4 .3 1.8 5.2
2012–13 Charlotte 80 65 27.3 .451 .000 .521 7.3 .4 .4 1.8 4.8
2013–14 Charlotte 77 9 13.9 .611 .000 .517 4.8 .1 .1 1.1 2.9
2014–15 Charlotte 64 21 19.4 .543 .000 .583 6.4 .3 .3 1.5 4.8
Career 284 136 21.0 .497 .000 .530 6.1 .3 .3 1.6 4.4


2014 Charlotte 3 1 16.0 .600 .000 .333 3.7 .3 .0 .7 2.7
Career 3 1 16.0 .600 .000 .333 3.7 .3 .0 .7 2.7


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