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Finding a Niche For: Bismack Biyombo

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Any scouting report must start with Biyombo's dimensions, which are downright freakish. He measured a 7-7 wingspan (which would rank fifth longest in our expansive database) at the Nike Hoop Summit, despite standing just 6-7 ¾ without shoes. No player of record has ever measured a wingspan that is nearly 12 inches longer than his actual height—the closest is Jason Maxiell, who is 6-5 without shoes with a 7-3 ¼ wingspan. He also sports a chiseled 243-pound frame (4.8% body fat) that he should have no problem putting additional weight onto. .... What makes Biyombo so interesting, though, is his willingness to utilize his physical tools. He plays the game with incredible emotion (think Joakim Noah or Kevin Garnett), often putting opposing players and teammates in harm's way with his desire to make his presence felt. He competes on every possession, often to the point of physical exhaustion, something that will need to be honed. Still, it's an extremely desirable trait in a prospect. .... Once he catches the ball in the paint, Biyombo usually has one thing on his mind: dunk. He can take off from incredible distances (well outside the restricted area) and still finish plays because of his sheer length and explosiveness. He absolutely crushes the rim any opportunity he gets.

Draft Express' latest Word on the Street

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I'd quote some of this, but there's way too much to digest. Highlights include James Harden refusing to work out for any team drafting below #5 because he believes either OKC or the Wizards will draft him and the Bobcats reportedly being very interested in Stephen Curry (trade possibility? Gerald Wallace, anyone?).

Some Nice DX Mock Draft Developments

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I was bored, so I decided to take a jaunt over to Draft Express, and I elated to see Ricky Rubio as no. 2 on the 2009 Draft Board, as well as Jrue Holiday at no. 24. DX having Rubio at no. 2 just makes me so much happier as a person; now if Rubio does actually enter the draft there are so many more options for Sacramento. If Sacramento picks up Griffin we can potentially get a defensive point guard (although a project) in Holiday, or go after a more finished product like Collison. There is even potential to draft Jeff Teague or Eric Maynor, who are at no. 18 and 19 respectively, if they do slide more than they have already. I'm excited.

Rookie Retrospective: Kevin Love

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Draft Express breaks down the Big Piranha's first season in the NBA. They have some very good detailed information in the six part piece.

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