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Bismack Biyombo’s Shot Blocking Exploits Putting Him On Center Stage With Charlotte Bobcats

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Bismack Biyombo realizes the end of the season is near for his Charlotte Bobcats. So apparently, he’s decided to showcase his shot-blocking skills to everyone around the NBA.

The 6-foot-9 Biyombo has been putting some good games together lately, and the Bobcats have become more of a competitive team as a result.

Biyombo’s averages are extremely modest. He’s at 4.6 points 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game and is shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. It’s his blocked shots that are drawing plenty of smiles from Bobcat fans lately, though. In a 105-96 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Biyombo had five blocks. He also was 4-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-2 in free throw for 10 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds.

He had blocks from his previous game against the Miami Heat with one and had three again the Philadelphia 76ers last week.

In January, Biyombo has his best shot-blocking day with seven against the Houston Rockets. Seven blocks can frankly shut the other team’s offense down in a major way. If Biyombo can improve in this area, he’ll be dangerous.

Shot-blocking also remains a key way of motivating the team and the home crowd.

Biyombo has already surpassed his shot blocks total from a year ago, and he’s obviously improved in that area over the season. Charlotte coaches need to make him even more aggressive so that the Bobcat defense picks its game up by several notches.

Better defense will mean a better team. Shot blocking can do so much for a defense and the Bobcats are starting to find that out.