Bismack Biyombo

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Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo 2014.jpg
Biyombo with the Hornets in October 2014
No. 11 – Orlando Magic
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-08-28) August 28, 1992 (age 24)
Lubumbashi, Zaire
Nationality Congolese
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009 Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid
2009–2011 CB Illescas
2011 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
20112015 Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets
2015–2016 Toronto Raptors
2016–present Orlando Magic
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Bismack Biyombo Sumba (born August 28, 1992) is a Congolese professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic 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 was born in Lubumbashi along with his three brothers, Billy, Biska, and Bikim, and three sisters, Bimeline, Bikelene, and Bimela.[1] He was discovered by coach Mário Palma at the age of 16 at a youth tournament in Yemen. His play impressed Palma and earned him an opportunity to train in Spain.[2]

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.[2][1]

Professional career[edit]

Fuenlabrada (2011)[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.[2]

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.[1]

Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets (2011–2015)[edit]

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]

Toronto Raptors (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 18, 2015, Biyombo signed a two-year, $5.7 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.[10][11] On August 1, 2015, he played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.[12] 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.[13] Biyombo started in 18 straight games between mid-November and late December while Jonas Valančiūnas was recovering from a fractured hand. On December 17, he recorded 8 points, a then career-high 18 rebounds, and a career-high tying 7 blocks in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[14] Five days later, he recorded 9 points and a then career-high 20 rebounds in a 103–99 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[15] Biyombo returned to a bench role on December 30.[16] He returned to the starting line-up in mid-March with Valančiūnas out injured again. On March 17, 2016, Biyombo scored a career-high 16 points and set a franchise record with 25 rebounds in guiding the Raptors to a 101–94 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers.[17] On March 30, he recorded seven points and six rebounds in a 105–97 win over the Atlanta Hawks, helping the Raptors record a 50-win season for the first time in franchise history.[18]

The Raptors finished the regular season as the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a 56–26 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Raptors faced the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers, and in a Game 5 win on April 26, Biyombo recorded 10 points and 16 rebounds off the bench to help the Raptors take a 3–2 series lead.[19] The Raptors went on to win the series 4–3, moving on to the second round where they faced the Miami Heat. In Game 7 of the Raptors' series with the Heat, Biyombo recorded 17 points and 16 rebounds as a starter in a 116–89 win, helping the Raptors advance to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.[20] In Game 3 of the conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds, helping the Raptors cut the Cavaliers' advantage in the series to 2–1.[21] The Raptors went on to lose the series in six games.

After declining his $2.9 million player option for the 2016–17 season, Biyombo became an unrestricted free agent on June 7, 2016.[22] Biyombo had revealed that he intended to rejoin the Raptors, but with the re-signing of DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors did not feel they were financially able to re-sign Biyombo.[23][24]

Orlando Magic (2016–present)[edit]

On July 7, 2016, Biyombo signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Orlando Magic.[25][26] After exceeding the flagrant foul limit during the 2016 playoffs, Biyombo was forced to served an NBA-mandated one-game suspension to begin the 2016–17 season.[27] He made his debut for the Magic in the team's second game of the season on October 28, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting off the bench in a 108–82 loss to the Detroit Pistons.[28] On December 6, he scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 124–116 win over the Washington Wizards.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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
2015–16 Toronto 82 22 22.0 .542 .000 .628 8.0 .4 .2 1.6 5.5
2016–17 Orlando 81 27 22.1 .526 .000 .534 7.0 .9 .3 1.1 6.0
Career 447 185 21.4 .511 .000 .553 6.6 .4 .3 1.5 4.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Charlotte 3 1 16.0 .600 .000 .333 3.7 .3 .0 .7 2.7
2016 Toronto 20 10 25.3 .580 .000 .597 9.4 .4 .4 1.4 6.2
Career 23 11 24.0 .581 .000 .577 8.6 .4 .4 1.3 5.7

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
14 17.1 .552 .000 .553 5.1 .3 .4 2.3 6.4
Career 14 17.1 .552 .000 .553 5.1 .3 .4 2.3 6.4

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Chitunda, Julio (2011-01-21). "COD/ESP – Palma not surprised by the new sensation of the ACB, Bismack Biyombo". FIBA.COM. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  3. ^ "DKV Joventut – Baloncesto Fuenlabrada". ACB. 2011-01-09. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Real Madrid – Baloncesto Fuenlabrada". ACB. 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Bobcats Select Walker, Acquire Biyombo and Maggette". NBA.com. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
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  7. ^ Wasserman, Jonathan (November 7, 2014). "Bismack Biyombo's NBA Career Looking Like It's Already on Life Support". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hurcomb, Michael (2014-12-30). "Bismack Biyombo to replace injured Al Jefferson in Hornets' lineup". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
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  12. ^ "NBA stars, legends shine in Africa exhibition". ESPN.com. 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
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  24. ^ "Bismack Biyombo opts out of his contract, could still be interested in Toronto". clutchpoints.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
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  29. ^ "Magic overcome Wall's 52 points, beat Wizards 124-116". ESPN.com. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 

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