3. Bismack Biyombo
There are a plethora of veteran big men looking to extend their careers elsewhere next season, including the likes of Blake Griffin, Taj Gibson, Serge Ibaka, Derrick Favors, Myers Leonard, Dewayne Dedmon and Tristan Thompson.
In terms of overall impact, they’re all going to be around the same mark — players who could play here and there in the regular season but aren’t going to be part of a playoff rotation unless a true emergency really hits.
Bismack Biyombo falls into this category, although his recent playing experience with new Warrior Chris Paul does give him a slight advantage. Plus, at just 30-years-old and having averaged over 14 minutes with the Phoenix Suns last season, there’s optimism that Biyombo can still be a serviceable NBA player.
Paul and Biyombo developed a nice pick-and-roll chemistry in Phoenix, with the veteran point-guard undoubtedly playing a key role in the revitalization of Biyombo’s career after an unmemorable period in Charlotte.
He might only be 6’8″ but the Congolese big man certainly plays above that size on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he can be a lob threat and finish well around the rim, having shot 70% from within five feet last season. Defensively, he can be a presence in the paint, with his 46.6% defensive field-goal percentage last season a pretty good mark given the majority of his shot contests come at the rim. He also averaged 10.7 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per 36 minutes with the Suns in 2022-23.
Playing in the right unit, one that inevitably includes Paul, Biyombo can still be a useful NBA player. He recorded a positive net rating with the Suns last season, suggesting that if called upon, his minutes won’t be a disaster like what the Warriors had with James Wiseman early last season.