Posted by: Arnell on April 30th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
My Jazz 6th Pick: BISMACK BIYOMBO = Defense + Rebounding
Take a quick look at this:
2011 Nike Hoop Summit: International Measurements
April 4, 2011
Weight: 243 lbs.
Height (w/o shoes): 6′7.75″
Height (w/ shoes): 6′9″
Wing Span: 7′7″
Body Fat: 4.8%
Standing Reach: 9′3″
Read on some more at: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Bismack-Biyombo-5902/#ixzz1Kz4hUoP4
During the recently concluded 2011 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, Biyombo registered the very first triple-double (12 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocks) in the history of the Hoop Summit, shattering Kevin Garnett’s record for blocked shots in the process. Yes, WTF !
Although he is under contract with Fuenlabrada (Spain) for another three years, he has a relatively simple NBA buyout clause (€1 million Euros). What’s even more attractive is the fact that the NBA team that drafts him can rest assured knowing that he can continue to play in Europe in the event of a lockout, which won’t slow his development. That means, the Jazz will chip in USD $500k and Biyombo and/or his Agent will pay the difference to Fuenlabrada (over a period of time).
As to his Free Throw (currently only at 55% is highly correctable if he listens and works with Coach Hornacek. He has nice strokes both on FT and Jump Shots which undeniably needs work. And, I have no doubt that he possess the work ethic to improve on these in due time. But, this kid brings in the hustle, heart, Block Shots, and Rebounds that the Jazz direly needs and aspire in a player. Just imagine that in BOYOMBO we are getting the 2nd coming of Sergei IBAKA (OKC) – both comes from the same Republic of Congo.
IMO that if BIYOMBO is available, KOC must take him a Pick #6.
If so, the Jazz can take JIMMER at Pick #12. Don’t take me wrong as I root for both the Utes and Cougars. But, Why? Because of his LEADERSHIP and CHARISMA which is highly complemented by his high Basketball IQ as well as Talents/Skills on and off the court (not to mention the numerous National Awards he garnered a testimonies of all these and more). I see him as a combination of Steve Nash / John Stockton in the making should he continue to work on his PG Role (which largely be Playing Making & Pass First) for Utah Jazz. This kid is of high character and resilient – here’s to also hoping that his Asthma won’t slow him down or curtail his NBA Career just like what happened to Adam Morrison (this is the part ‘physical’ that I am most concerned about because of the demands and rigors of NBA: highly physical and 82 Games plus the Playoffs). The rests of the concerns playing PG for the Jazz are correctible and adjustable. I am optimistic that JIMMER will immediately take reign and restore Leadership in the Team which right now is very fuzzy. So, in this case, you can use Devin Harris to play along Jimmer as a SG/PG while Hayward could slide to SF. Earl Watson will still be highly coveted as he will provide the 2nd Unit the needed PG Leadership especially on the Early H’oop needs for young BIYOMBO and EVANS.
Our 2011-2012 Utah Jazz Line-up:
Starting Five / 2nd Unit:
(PG) JIMMER (R) / WATSON (pg)
(SG) HAYWARD (sg/sf) / HARRIS (sg/pg)
(SF) MILLSAP (sf/pf) / EVANS (sf/pf)
(PF) FAVORS (pf/c) / BIYOMBO (pf/c)
(C) JEFFERSON (c/pf) / FESENKO (c)
Obviously, we must Re-signed FESENKO (Affordable Contract with 2-years Guaranteed and 3-years Team Option) as he has recently shown willingness to work on his Free Throw and Conditioning. Under Coach Corbin, his development will really flourish now when he is given Regular Minutes (meaning first to relieve Jefferson as a Center). As I agree with everyone that you cannot teach Height and you cannot find anyone in list of 2011 Draftees that can equal or better what Fesenko brings to the table – except, perhaps, if we can swap him with MOSGOV (was with NY, now with Denver).
So, we need 4-Players more to have a total of 14 (required by NBA – right?)
- on CJ MILES (sg/sf) – I would still want to keep him in the line up and offer him a Contract (2-years Guaranteed and 3-years Team Option) with the stipulation that a) he improves his Conditioning; b) he listens to the Coaches (ie. to Drive to Hole first, develop his Drive and Pull-up, and improve his 3-Point Strokes to make him a consistent 3-point Shooter);
- on RAJAH BELL (sg) – I will either Trade him or Buy his contract out, unless he will agree to become a Defensive Coach on Corbin’s Staff. Because of his Age and lingering Injuries (ie. Shoulders) it will tough for him to deliver what is expected of him as a PRODUCTIVE SG. The Team cannot anymore risk and gamble like they did for him ¾ of the last season. Therefore, the Team can bring in a cheaper/better option Combo Guard (PG/SG) in the likes of KYLE WEAVER / RYAN THOMPSON / ELIJAH MILLSAP / RICHARD ROBY / JON SCHEYER out of the NBDL ;
- on MEMHET OKUR (c/pf) – Should he is able to recover physically, he may not be able to come back as the kind of player (Money Man) that we all got used to in the past. If there is mutual understanding that he still CAN play, it will be best for him to play 3rd String Center and PF and Mentor the Bigs – and, just play out his last year of contract. Otherwise, the Team will best be served if it buys him out or Trade him to a Team that needs to create a Cap Space. Then, KOC can sign an 3rd String Young-Athletic-Shot Blocking Center from Europe;
- then, sign an under-the-radar MATT HOWARD (Butler) as a PF/SF Role Player. This kid has all the qualities of a Jazz player (heart n’ hustle) and has been to NCAA Championship twice. Very good 3-Point Shooter (39%), Free Throw (79%), and has already developed a Face-up and Back to the Basket moves with very good hands/nose for the ball as well. See his stats at http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Matt-Howard-5313/
Please let me know and share what you think of my scenario. And, tell me about yours too?
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