The Charlotte Bobcats seem to finally be moving forward as a franchise. Considering that the Bobcats have won a total of 28 games over the past two NBA seasons, that’s not saying too much, but there are definite signs of positive things to come.
Looking at the 2013-2014 season for the Bobcats, it would be a mistake to expect this team to make the postseason, even with the addition of Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller to the frontcourt. This season will largely be about Charlotte evaluating their young players and seeing if which pieces the team can build around moving forward and which ones need to pack their bags.
One player that will be heavily evaluated in the coming year is forward/center Bismack Biyombo. After just finishing his second NBA season, Biyombo hasn’t shown any real signs of being worth the first-round pick that was used to grab him in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 80 games last year, Biyombo averaged only 4.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and only 52.1 percent from the charity-stripe.
In four games at the Las Vegas Summer League this year, Biyombo seemed to have improved slightly as he averaged 5.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game while shooting 7-10 from the floor, but he did only hit eight of his 18 free throws. Biyombo still has an unreliable offensive game, hands of stone and lacks discipline on the defensive end, despite his shot-blocking ability.
With Biyombo’s struggles over his first two years in the league, it feels safe to say that his future beyond the 2013-2014 season is unclear. It’s also unclear how he will be used with Charlotte this season. Not only do the Bobcats have the rookie Zeller and Jefferson, but they also re-signed Josh McRoberts. That means Biyombo is going to have serious competition for playing time with players that have produced at much higher levels or have the potential to in the case of Zeller.
Ultimately, it feels like Biyombo’s role with the Bobcats this year is going to be a frontcourt bench player at best. If he continues to be a liability offensive, especially with his poor foul shooting, and doesn’t improve on his defensive awareness, his days in Charlotte may actually be numbered.