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"Situational Statistics": Bismack Biyombo, beyond the box score

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Box-scores don't always tell us everything we need to know about what happened in an actual game, and seasonal stats can be misleading at times in attempting to project what type of NBA player a NCAA or international prospect will become. That's why it makes sense to branch out and explore other alternatives that are available to us, including those offered to us by Synergy Sports Technology, who've logged virtually every individual possession of every game this year's NBA draft class has taken part of. .... Like Valanciunas, Biyombo saw more than 80% of his shots at the basket, but he finished them at a 12% lower rate, making just 56.1% of them last season. He also turned the ball over on 25.8% of his half court possessions, the highest mark in this group, showing that, despite his ridiculously large hands, he struggled to hold onto the ball in traffic at times. Considering this was Biyombo's first taste of high level basketball, it isn't surprising to see a player with so many physical tools, still struggle. There were a couple of bright spots for Biyombo though. Seeing 33% (1st) of his touches as the roll man on the pick and roll, he finished at a solid 65% (6th) and draw fouls on nearly 31.8% (2nd) of those possessions. The Congolese center has a remarkable frame, and that shined through at times when he bowled his way through contact or finished a lob pass with a dunk. Part of Biyombo's problem revolves around his desire to do too much at times. When he wasn't turning the ball over, he managed to finish his post-up plays (63% FG, 1st) and cuts (73%, 3rd) at a solid rate, getting fouled about 20% of the time in the process, so picking and choosing his spots will likely be a key for him. Considering he played just over a dozen games before opting to attend the Hoop Summit, Biyombo's sample size skews his data a bit, but the raw aspects of his offensive game are clear. Ball security and experience are two priorities for Biyombo as he aims to play efficiently in a simple offensive role to match his elite defensive ability. http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Situational-Statistics-the-2011-Big-Men-Crop-3761/

Synergy Sports analysis: Bismack Biyombo

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As much as Biyombo's ability to alter shots off-ball is great, it's his ability to change them on the ball that was especially impressive. Of the 21 charted defensive post plays for Biyombo on Synergy Sports Technology, he blocked 6-7 shots on the ball and severely altered 3-4 more shots. Nasty. Granted, a limited sample size, but still nasty. Overall, Biyombo's post defense was stellar this year. On those aforementioned 21 post plays, his opponents managed to shoot just 22% (according to Synergy). Holds his position well, even against veterans, shows good balance and shuffles his feet well. Very sound in his approach. Also, seems competent guarding outside the painted area. Shows hard on pick/roll and moves his feet well on the perimeter. Can legitimately guard both frontcourt positions. Though, he's not without his flaws defensively. Sometimes loses sight of the ball and has a tendency to over-help. Biyombo might struggle a little adjusting to defending NBA talent, which is expected of any newcomer. But he will be much more prepared than any college prospects to defend against NBA offenses thanks to his time dealing with the talent and precision of many of the ACB teams.

Defending the Heat - A Look at Tendencies and Matchups

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A look at defensive numbers, trends, and outlooks as the Sixers look to slow down the Miami Heat.

Hawks/Bucks: Atlanta returns to Milwaukee for first time since game six

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The Bucks got a well-deserved holiday break following their wins over the Lakers and Kings, returning to the BC tonight looking to avoid a letdown against their old friends from Atlanta. The Hawks...

What Happened to Jose Calderon?

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What Happened to Jose Calderon? - Raptors HQ takes an analytical look at the reasons for number 8's decline.

Breaking down the 09/10 Bucks with Synergy Sports

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We use data from Synergy Sports to better understand the good and bad of the 2009/10 Milwaukee Bucks.

Phoenix Suns Practice Report: BASKETBALL!!!!

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Notes and health updates from Suns and Spurs practice between Games 1 and 2

Synergy Sports now available to fans

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Derek posted this in the comments. I encourage you to purchase the fan version of Synergy if you have any interest in basketball stats. Derek: FYI, synergy sports now has a public version available to fans. If you’ve read around here, you know how much I praise synergy. This isn’t the full version that teams and selected members of the media use (wink), but it’s still incredible. It’s got the entire 2009-2010 NBA Season + Playoffs available, statistically and with video feeds, for $30. There’s no prior seasons (or high school, ncaa, or euroleague), but if you’re into basketball, and into situational statistics, it’s the best $30 you’ll ever spend. Trying to get a login to it so I can compare/contrast with the full version and not mislead anyone. Signup: http://www.mysynergysports.com/?lid=jonathandx FAQ: https://secure.mysynergysports.com/FAQ.aspx

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