Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo
28-Year-Old CenterC
Charlotte Hornets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Magic in the summer of 2016, Biyombo quickly proved to be a bust and found himself traded to Charlotte two years later. Despite having to foot the bill on his massive salary the past two years, Charlotte apparently wasn't deterred from extending Biyombo to a one-year deal for the upcoming season. Biyombo should fill a depth role at center in 2020-21 after averaging 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 19.4 minutes over 53 appearances last season. He'll only be fantasy-relevant in deep leagues for managers in need of rebounds, blocks and field-goal percentage. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Hornets in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Bismack Biyombo Sumba was born in 1992 in Lubumbashi, Congo to Francois Biyombo and Francoise Ngoie. After being discovered in a youth tournament at 16, Biyombo went to Spain in 2009 and played in the fourth division with Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid. Later that year, he moved up a division, joining CB Illescas until 2011 when he signed with Fuenlabrada of the elite ACB League. That summer, Biyombo excelled at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon by notching a triple-double as a member of the World Select Team. He established the Bismack Biyombo Foundation in 2016 to help youth development both on and off the court. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@bismackbiyombo).

College/International Summary

While it might unfair to say that one game changed Biyombo's basketball prospects, that is likely what happened. The shot-swatting big man recorded the first triple-double in the history of the Nike Hoop Summit with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks for the World Select Team in 2011. Prior to that performance, the 6-foot-9 forward had played with Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid of the Liga EBA before moving to CB Illescas of the LEB Silver League. He did not spend a full season with Illescas before moving to the ACB league and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. In 14 games, he averaged 6.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 17.1 minutes. The performance in the Nike Hoop Summit buoyed his stock and Biyombo made himself available for the 2011 NBA Draft. Biyombo was drafted seventh overall by the Sacramento Kings but his rights were later traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in a draft night trade.

Starting vs. Pacers
CCharlotte Hornets
May 18, 2021
Biyombo will start Tuesday's contest against the Pacers, Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News reports.
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The Hornets will opt to go with a traditional center in Biyombo to combat Domantas Sabonis, who has been on fire to end the season. As a starter this year, Biyombo has averaged 6.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks in 24.6 minutes.
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2020

Biyombo's third season with the Hornets was an exceptional year for the 6-foot-8 center, as he set a career-best for assists per game. On the year, the big man averaged 5.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks. He also made an impressive average of 58.7 percent from the field. The 10th-year center started 37 of the 66 games he played in and each game averaged 20.4 minutes. Biyombo had three double-doubles on the year to go along with 11 double-digit scoring performances. The 28-year-old matched a career-high five assists on Jan. 2, against the 76ers, in a game where he also logged nine points and nine rebounds. Biyombo also had a career night against the Cavaliers on April 23, snagging nine offensive rebounds to match his career-high. The center had another strong defensive year as well, recording at least one block in 43 games. One of Biyombo's best games of the season came versus the Grizzlies where he put up a 16-point 12-rebound double-double. Overall, Biyombo had a big role for the Hornets as he had the second-highest average for offensive rebounds (2.1) and blocks (1.1) for his team.

2019

Biyombo appeared in 53 games for the Hornets during the 2019-20 season. He averaged a career-high 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.2 steals across 19.4 minutes per game. He shot 54.3 percent from the field and 60.3 percent from the free-throw line. Biyombo set single-game season highs of 19 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals. His 19-point effort was arguably his best overall performance of the season, and it occurred Nov. 27 against the Pistons. He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe while also posting nine rebounds (three offensive), two blocks and one assist with no turnovers in 34 minutes. Biyombo had 22 games with double-digit points, nine games with double-digit rebounds and 14 games with multiple assists. He also had nine games with at least one steal and 29 games with at least one block. Biyombo racked up eight double-doubles. During the six games in which Biyombo saw 30-plus minutes, he averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 assists.

2018

After two seasons in Orlando, Biyombo returned to Charlotte in 2018. Though he only missed one game in three seasons prior to 2018, Biyombo was a bit beset by injury during the 2018-19 season. A nagging knee issue made him miss several games, including a stretch where he missed 18 of 20 games. Biyombo ended up playing in 54 games, starting 32 of them. Those 54 games were the smallest season total over his eight year career. He played 14.5 minutes per game and took 2.9 shots per contest. The 6-foot-9 big man ended up averaging 4.4 points per game. The one-time seventh-overall pick also put up 4.6 boards a night. Biyombo had two games in which he blocked five shots. In one of those games, Biyombo had arguably his best outing of the season. In a late January win over the Suns, the center picked up 13 points and 11 rebounds to go with those blocks. Biyombo also produced a 16-point, 12-rebound gem during a January loss to the Nuggets.

2017

2017-2018 marked Biyombo's second season with the Magic and seventh in the NBA. He played in all 82 games and started 25. He would go on to post averages of 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Biyombo shot 52 percent from the field, his fifth-straight season notching over 50 percent in that category. He also connected on a career-best 65 percent from the foul line. Biyombo notched seven double-doubles during the regular season. He'd set a career-high with 21 points at Washington on Jan .12. In that contest, Biyombo went 8-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also snatched a season-high 17 rebounds at Brooklyn on New Year's Day. Biyombo did his best work in January by registering 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 rejections per contest. He finished the season by blocking 95 shots, ranking him 19th in the league.

2016

During July of 2016, Biyombo signed a four-year contract with the Magic. Under head coach Frank Vogel, he appeared in all but one game during the 2016-17 campaign while also drawing 27 starts. Biyombo set a career high with 6.0 points per game while shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 22.1 minutes. Biyombo also set new per-100-possession career highs in points (13.4) and assists (2.0). In the NBA ranks, Biyombo was 20th in total rebound percentage (17.2) and 14th in block percentage (4.1). He set single-game season highs with 15 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals. Arguably Biyombo's best performance of the campaign occurred Feb. 11 against Dallas, when he posted 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 21 minutes. He chipped in 10 double-doubles over the course of the year, as well.

2015

During July of 2015, Biyombo signed a contract with the Raptors. He proceeded to play in all 82 games for the first time in his career, and he also drew 22 starts. In 22.0 minutes per game, Biyombo set career highs in points (5.5), rebounds (8.0) and free-throw percentage (62.8). He also averaged 1.6 blocks and shot 54.2 percent from the field. Biyombo set new single-game career highs in points (16) and rebounds (25). His other single-game season highs stood at seven blocks, two steals and two assists. Biyombo also pitched in nine double-doubles. Under head coach Dwane Casey, the Raptors finished the campaign 56-26, making the playoffs. The Raptors lost to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Heat in the Conference Semifinals and the Pacers in the Conference First Round. In the postseason, Biyombo appeared in all 20 games, averaging 6.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 25.3 minutes.

2014

Under head coach Steve Clifford, Biyombo appeared in 64 games (21 starts) for the Hornets during the 2014-15 season. As a reserve, he averaged 3.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 15.8 minutes per game. As a starter, he averaged 6.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks across 26.9 minutes per contest. Overall, he shot 54.3 percent from the field and a career-high 58.3 percent from the charity stripe. Biyombo's 1.5 blocks per game ranked 17th in the NBA. He set new per-100-possession career highs in points (12.6), offensive rebounds (6.6) and free-throw attempts (7.3). On Nov. 21, Biyombo swatted a season-best six shots in a home loss to the Magic. On Jan. 10, the center scored a career-best-matching 14 points, plus added 12 boards, during a win at New York. Four nights later he grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, plus scored 12 points, in a home loss to the Spurs. Arguably his best performance of the season occurred Apr. 7 during a loss at Miami. Biyombo played 41 minutes and posted 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists.

2013

Biyombo appeared in 77 games (nine starts) for the Bobcats during the 2013-14 season. He saw 13.9 minutes per game and averaged 2.9 points on a career-high 61.1 percent shooting from the field. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest. As a starter, Biyombo averaged 4.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 27.0 minutes per start. Biyombo set single-game season highs of 11 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks, one steal and one assist. On Nov. 11, Biyombo started and delivered a season-high 11 points, plus 10 rebounds and two blocks during a home win over the Cavaliers. On Nov. 29, the big center grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds during a home win over the Bucks. During a Feb. 19 win over the Pistons, Biyombo swatted a season-high five blocks and grabbed eight rebounds during 13 minutes of run. The Bobcats finished the campaign 43-39, making the playoffs under head coach Steve Clifford. Charlotte lost in the Eastern Conference First Round to Miami. Biyombo appeared in three of Charlotte's four postseason contests and averaged 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. His best effort in the series occurred during Game 4, where he drew the start and posted seven points (3-5 FG, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes.

2012

Biyombo appeared in 80 games (65 starts) for the Bobcats during the 2012-13 season, his second in the Association. Under head coach Mike Dunlap, he saw 27.3 minutes per game and averaged 4.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the field. He also averaged a career-high 7.3 rebounds per game and again blocked 1.8 shots per game. Biyombo set a new single-game career high with 17 rebounds on Jan. 6 during a win over the Pistons, and he tied that mark again on Apr. 13 in a win over the Bucks. Biyombo's best game of the season occurred Dec. 21 versus the Warriors, where he posted 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes. That game marked one of his seven double-doubles for the season.

2011

Following one season playing in the Spanish ACB, Biyombo was selected by Charlotte with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut for Bobcats during the first game of the lockout-shortened season, Dec. 26, in a one-point win over the Bucks. He saw six minutes and committed one turnover. Biyombo ultimately played in 63 of a possible 66 games, drawing 41 starts. Under coach Paul Silas, Biyombo saw 23.1 minutes per game, averaging 5.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field. I also generated 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest. On Mar. 6, the rookie grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, plus added 10 points and a season-best seven blocks, during a home win over the Magic. The big center recorded five double-doubles for the season and twice blocked seven shots in a game. On Apr. 6, the rookie started and scored a season-high 14 points to go with 14 rebounds during a loss at Milwaukee.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • December 1, 2011
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Bobcats
  • July 18, 2015
    Signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Orlando Magic
  • July 8, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Orlando Magic with a 2019 2nd round draft pick and a 2020 2nd round draft pick to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov
  • November 30, 2020
    Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
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Biyombo's 2018-19 campaign was a fairly forgettable one, as the big man appeared in just 54 games over the course of the regular season, which is the lowest amount of his eight-year career. Additionally, Biyombo also saw his fewest minutes per game (14.5) and points per game (4.4) averages since his 2014-15 season, which oddly enough was the final season in his first tenure with Charlotte. Most notably, Biyombo failed to average at least one blocked shot per game for the first time in his career. Now, entering his ninth NBA season, Biyombo will be fighting with the likes of Willy Hernangomez for minutes off the bench behind likely starter Cody Zeller. Zeller has failed to stay healthy in each of his last two seasons, appearing in just 82 total games over the last two years, so starter's minutes could be up for grabs for Biyombo should Zeller again struggle to stay on the floor. However, even in the 32 starts Biyombo made at center last season, he still averaged just 5.6 points and 5.8 rebounds across 18.5 minutes per game.
Biyombo has spent the past two campaigns as a reliable member of the Magic’s frontcourt, missing only one game and drawing 52 starts. The result was 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 20.2 minutes per contest while shooting 52.4 percent from the field. However, with the Magic drafting center Mohamed Bamba with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 Draft, plus the continued presence of starter Nikola Vucevic, there was little need to retain Biyombo. As a result, he was traded to the Hornets, who have a bit of a void at center due to the departure of Dwight Howard after one season. Cody Zeller will presumably start at the position, but hasn't seen more than 28 minutes per game as a starter in his career. Assuming that’s the case this season, about 20 minutes are on the table for reserves Frank Kaminsky, Willy Hernangomez and Biyombo. Come training camp, it may end up being an open competition for a backup role. The situation could also be fluid throughout the campaign. Regardless, it seems unlikely Biyombo will garner enough run to be Fantasy relevant in standard formats.
Biyombo spent the majority of last season backing up starting center Nikola Vucevic for the Magic, posting 5.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 19.0 minutes per game when he came off the bench. However, Biyombo also drew 27 starts when through a combination of Vucevic being injured and coach Frank Vogel switching up his rotation due to the team struggling. In those starts, the 6-foot-9 center provided 7.1 points, 8.1 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks across 28.5 minutes per contest. Largely a rebounding and shot-blocking presence, Biyombo’s lack of offensive talent will likely continue to limit him as a Fantasy option, regardless of his workload. With Vucevic still under contract for next season and Biyombo putting together underwhelming performances in his nearly two-dozen starts, it seems doubtful coach Vogel will increase Biyombo’s role heading into the 2017-18 campaign. Though Biyombo has significant name recognition due to his impactful playoffs with the Raptors in 2015-16, the fact remains at this point that he’s still a reserve center struggling to find a workload conducive to consistent Fantasy production. He’s certainly still useful in some formats – especially deeper, categorical leagues and DFS when he’s in line to draw a start – but there’s probably no reason to chomp at the bit to secure him in standard year-long formats.
After spending four up-and-down seasons with Charlotte, Biyombo inked a two-year, $6 million deal with Toronto in the offseason, providing the Raptors with the rim protector off the bench that they've been lacking in recent years. The 23-year-old played 64 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 19 minutes, 4.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the floor and a career-best 58 percent from the free-throw line, and while he should be a good fit on an athletic Raptors roster as an undersized big man, it's unlikely that Biyombo will see an increase in court time at center behind Jonas Valanciunas and his $64 million contract extension. However, coach Dwane Casey is averse to playing Valanciunas against smaller lineups, and starting power forward Patrick Patterson is by no means a lock in that role, so Biyombo's strong defensive profile could play in his favor as Casey establishes his rotations this season.
A 2011 lottery pick, Biyombo figured to be a project, and although he had by far his most efficient season last year, it appears to be now or never for the 22-year-old. After starting 106 games over his first two seasons, Biyombo took a backseat last season with Al Jefferson in the fold and averaged a mere 14 minutes per game. Because of that, he posted career lows of 2.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, but his advanced numbers tell a different story. Virtually all of his advanced stats were drastically improved including his true shooting percentage (60.6) and his rebound rate (19.3). Of course, with his limited minutes last season — and more importantly, likely this season as well unless he shows drastic improvements — Biyombo is a weak fantasy option in most leagues.
While Biyombo is praised for his ability to play lockdown defense, his offense is not quite there. He averaged 4.8 points and 0.4 assists per game during the 2012-13 season. He may end up being one of the bigger draft busts of the last three seasons.
Despite being a lottery pick in 2011, Biyombo was considered a long-term project. The athletic big man was considered a good rebounder and potentially great shot blocker, but he needed a lot of work on the offensive side of the ball. After a horrible start to the season, Charlotte opted to throw Biyombo to the fire rather than usher him along slowly. He had plenty of bumps along the way, but after joining the starting five in February, Biyombo started to flash his upside. In 41 starts, Biyombo averaged 6.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 29 minutes per game. Charlotte deployed Biyombo primarily as a center. While he’s undersized (6-9, 240) for the position, his athleticism and 7-7 wingspan help him matchup against bigger players. The Bobcats are still extremely thin in the frontcourt, which will allow Biyombo plenty of time to play through his growing pains this season. Don’t expect much production on the offensive side of the ball, but Biyombo will be an immediate help in the blocks department while possessing the upside for more.
Biyombo is an athletic young rebounder and shot-blocker who was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the draft by Sacramento, but eventually traded to Charlotte on draft day. Biyombo has been playing professional basketball overseas since 2009 and is currently under contract with a Spanish team, Fuenlabrada. At this point, he has been unable to secure a release from his Spanish team, making it unlikely that he’ll play in the NBA this season.
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Coming off bench
CCharlotte Hornets
May 15, 2021
Biyombo will come off the bench Saturday against the Knicks, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Scores 13 points in loss
CCharlotte Hornets
May 13, 2021
Biyombo collected 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in a 113-90 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.
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Double-double against Orlando
CCharlotte Hornets
May 8, 2021
Biyombo scored 11 points (5-5 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes during Friday's win over the Magic.
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Remains in starting lineup
CCharlotte Hornets
May 6, 2021
Biyombo is starting Thursday's game against the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
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Will start Tuesday
CCharlotte Hornets
May 4, 2021
Biyombo will start Tuesday's game against Detroit, Sam Perley of Hornets.com reports.
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