Heading into the 2011 NBA Draft, many were skeptical of Bismack Biyombo and whether or not he would have enough talent to make the transition to the big leagues. Admittedly, I was on the other side of the fence; I saw the potential to be a dominant center just oozing from Biyombo.
And then he landed with the Charlotte Bobcats via trade after he was originally drafted by the Sacramento Kings. If there was one team that could stifle the Congo native’s potential and keep him from ever developing into a dangerous NBA player, it was the Bobcats.
Still, despite what seemed like a death sentence, it hasn’t been all bad for Biyombo and his young professional career. In his first NBA season, the 6’9’’, 206-pound center put some of his raw talent on display. Through 63 games (41 starts), Biyombo averaged 5.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. His 48.3 free throw percentage was abysmal and his rebounding numbers should have been better considering his size and natural strength, but the rookie held his own.
Now, halfway through his sophomore campaign, it’s becoming clear that his inconsistency is becoming a crutch.
Despite holding a larger role in the Bobcats’ plan of attack, Biyombo has struggled to make a consistent impact in Charlotte during the 2012-2013 season. His points-per-game average has dropped to 4.4 despite enjoying a slight field goal percentage increase. Although his effectiveness on the boards has noticeably improved, his streakiness – 17 rebounds one game, five the next – has put more pressure on the rest of the Bobcats lineup to clean the glass.
While his defensive presence is prominent, Biyombo has become virtually invisible on the offensive end. To put it into perspective, Biyombo has tallied more personal fouls than points in 18 of his 50 appearances this season. His pitiful impact when the Bobcats have the ball is part of why the future appears so gloomy for the NBA’s most laughable franchises.
Biyombo was named the No. 7 overall pick in 2011, and the Bobcats need him to start acting like a top-tier talent if they have any hope of turning their bad luck around. The jury is still out, but so far, he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype.
Gil Alcaraz IV is a Network Manager/NFL featured columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.