Since the Olympics are almost over and there aren’t any Bobcats in the Games anyway, it’s time to start a new series at Roberto Gato called “one little thing”. The first volume of the series is “Improvements”, and the first issue is about Bismack Biyombo.
I’ve gone to great lengths to get my feelings about Biyombo out there. I love the guy. He’s fun to watch, a true athletic talent, and a guy who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty going for lose balls and keeping plays alive.
But, he’s also not that great at basketball right now.
Still, there is a way for Biyombo to significantly improve by the start of next season.
It’s the one little thing he needs to get better at this off season… Layups.
I’m not just talking about your average, run of the mill layups, though. I’m talking about put-backs, banging-bodies-layups.
Biyombo needs to learn to find that square on the glass, and touch that ball off it every time he grabs an offensive rebound or finds himself with the ball under the basket.
He clanked way to many second-chancers last season and he look uncomfortable with the ball even when he had it in a perfect spot to just power-dribble, leap and touch it in. Biyombo should spend a solid amount of time during each of his workouts with a man standing under the basket with a giant pad pushing him around.
He needs to learn how to absorb contact, go up strong, and kiss the ball off the glass.
It’s that simple, but if Biyombo can get better at these dinky little layups, he could become a nine to 10 points per game scorer.
And from a guy who was drafted to be a defensive stopper and rebounder just a year ago, that’s a pretty significant jump.
And it would all be from working on one little thing.