Before the season started I was very high on Bismack Biyombo. I'm sure there was plenty of people who thought I was even too high on him and had some kind of crazy man love. I said he was one of the Top 3 best players from the draft and predicted him to be a Rookie of the Year candidate at the beginning of the year. I predicted a 8 ppg 10 rpg and 2.5 bpg from him for his rookie season. Well needless to say, earlier on in the season my predictions looked way off base. Bismack was getting 4-10 minutes a game and just doing very little statistically. It could have been influenced by him joining the team late as he had to get his contract overseas bought out, but the Bobcats were content with B.J. Mullens getting all the minutes at the time.
However, as the Bobcats continued to lose and be one of the worst teams this year, they finally decided to start giving Bismack more minutes as they had nothing else to lose. He steadily has gained momentum and more minutes and starting in February he started to 30+ minutes a few times and even began to start a few games. He's shown why I was so high on him early in the season and the potential for great things in the future. Every game he's had over 30 minutes, he's gotten 10+ rebounds; in 5 games he's gotten more than 30 minutes he's averaged 32.4 minutes per game and 12 rebounds in those games.
Now, it was just his rebounding that he was known for or why I was high on him; the biggest thing was his shot blocking. Despite playing very litting minutes he's kept his blocks per game average around 1.5 the entire year. It's been in his recent increase in minutes that he's really exploded with his blocking. He has had 4 games this year where he has had 5 or more blocks: 5 blocks against the Pistons back in January, 7 blocks against the Raptors and 6 blocks against the Pacers in February, and 7 blocks tonight against Dwight Howard and the Magic (only with 10 points and 15 boards as well as a Bobcats win). After tonight he will be averaging 1.85 blocks per game on the year while only averaging about 17 minutes per game.
Biyombo is not likely to achieve those lofting numbers I predicted at the beginning of the season (although he might come close the blocks prediction if he keeps it up), but since finally getting a bigger role and more minutes he has shown the talent and bright future that he has ahead of him as he is still just a rookie. He may never be amoung the best overall big men in the game, but he could very easily develop into the one of the best defensive big men in the game.