Nov 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Bismack Biyombo (0) reacts to a call against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-US PRESSWIRE

Can Charlotte Bobcats Count On Bismack Biyombo?

The Bobcats frontcourt is bad. And it’s not even bad in a Jerry Springer way, where you look forward to the unpredictability of its bad.

The Tyrus Thomas experiment is miserable. The acquisition of Hakim Warrick is the icing on that cake. It wouldn’t shock anyone if Thomas is amnestied next offseason, assuming the Bobcats can’t find a sucker…I mean partner at the trade deadline.

Byron Mullens may have developed a three-point shot in the offseason, but he hasn’t developed a clue for shot selection. Through eight games, he’s attempting 5 threes per game at 30%, while getting to the line just one time in 33mpg.

It’s not great having your seven footer play like a guard with terrible efficiency on offense. Hopefully Dunlap can calm him down a bit and get him to play more balanced offensively, as others have urged him to.

It’s depressing when veteran Brendan Haywood has been the only respectable contributor up front. Haywood’s done a solid job on both sides of the ball as a starter, and has solidified his role. This leads to…Bismack Biyombo.

Since Haywood is only a cheap stop-gap, and Biyombo is a high lottery pick, it’s easy to tell the Bobcats want Biyombo to be a big part of the future. Not everything goes according to plan though, and Biyombo hasn’t been good at all so far.

On top of that, where is he best suited to play? He’s too short and lacks the bulk to be your starting center. He also doesn’t have enough offensive awareness to be your power forward.

One has to wonder how this work-in-progress is going to play out. Yes, Biyombo is just 20 years old, and should have a long career ahead of him. But some things probably won’t happen

He’ll probably never have a respectable jumper. He’s not a guy that’s going to make dazzling passes from the high or low post like a Pau Gasol. He doesn’t get to the line much, and frankly is a liability when he gets there. Rebounding wise, he’s alright, but not great.

His potential is evident when you see the presence he can be defensively at the rim, but it will be alarming if Biyombo doesn’t challenge Haywood for his starting gig back. My hope isn’t that Biyombo will transform into a stud offensive player who’s also a defensive phenom. My hope is he’ll maximize what he’s good at, while developing just enough to not kill you on offense.

Center is a tough position to fill, and the Bobcats hoped they could do it through the draft with Biyombo. If Biyombo doesn’t pan out it certainly can ruin plans for building a core of young players in Charlotte. The jury is still out, but given how things have gone with our big men overall, I’m worried.

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