For a while this year, it was unclear whether Bismack Biyombo was adjusting to a new coach, showing blatant signs of a still very young and inexperienced player, or worse, just telling the world with his play that he’ll never be much more than what he is right now for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Recently, though, Biyombo has been on a steady trend upward in almost all of his statistical categories.
While his offensive game is still very much a work in progress, Biyombo is averaging seven rebounds and just over two blocks in his last 16 games (so, basically a fifth of a season).
Both of those numbers are better than his career and season averages, and it looks like he’s seeing those stats get better and better, because he’s playing more and more recently; During that 16 game stretch, Biyombo played fewer than 20 minutes just three times.
I believe his minutes are increasing, because he’s not getting in foul trouble as much. From what I can tell, that means he’s become a more sound defender. In that same 16 game stretch, he committed more than three fouls in a contest just five times, and five or more fouls just once.
He’s still jumping at pump fakes, but he’s doing that less often, and when he’s on his feet, and moving with the player he’s defending, Biyombo is a solid NBA defender.
He needs to quit jumping at those fakes, and get better offensively, but right now things are looking a lot better than they were just a month or two ago.