4:51 AM EDT, Mon August 29, 2016

How Bismack Biyombo can transform the Magic's defense

By signing Biyombo, the Magic have acquired their best rim protecting center since Dwight Howard, and his presence will be key to making Frank Vogel's defense work. It's nice when I dive into NBA research and it shows me exactly what I would have wanted to see. Case in point: NBA.com's data concerning opposing field goal percentage against individual players, specifically around the rim. After narrowing things down a bit to weed out the smaller sample sizes (at least 50 games, 20 mpg, and 3 "contested" rim attempts per game), look who's right there at the top: Serge Ibaka and Bismack...
Liberty Ballers Aug 3, 2016

Nerlens Noel and the Value of Defense and Rebounding at Center

Many Sixers fans are worried about Nerlens Noel’s cost, but his skills are worth the price. No one who follows basketball would be silly enough to say that defense and rebounding don't matter. As a general rule, however, defense tends mostly to be discussed as it relates to players who are also great on offense. Fans are often more interested in debating who the NBA's "best two-way player" is as opposed to comparing the relative worth of guys like Rudy Gobert and Bismack Biyombo. The Sixers have their own defensive stalwart in Nerlens Noel, who put up another standout statistical season...