My friend and I disagree on who we'd take if somehow both Bismack and Fredette were available at #12. I sent the following biased and one sided string of "highlight hyperbole" as part of my argument. Since I'd done the work already I thought I'd include it here.
0:24 back pedals worse than Jimmer Fredette did at the combine. Bad footwork.
1:00 Ostertag/Koufos bobble of easy rebound. Loses possession for team.
1:20 Easily pushed out of rebounding position
5:19 Burned on pick n roll. Recovers to block a 6'3" guard with both hands (probably fouled him, but no call), then clumsily falls over in the process. 6'3" guard ends up scoring.
7:40 Spectacular defense. Swift Recovery. Nice Block. Again manages to fall down.
8:25 Outworked by weakling.
10:15 Probably the greatest announcing I have ever heard on a 3 pointer.
0:25 Ugh..... (yes, he just fell down again)
0:55 Out of control and ugly
1:08 Free Throws. 2/6 (Makes barely go in, misses way off.)
2:28 Drops easy offensive board
4:08 Intelligence to work in defensive scheme?
Dunno dude. I think he's a big gamble. Its basically like giving me a 7'6" wingspan and crazy hops. I wouldn't know what to do with it, I would just try to imitate what I'd seen on NBA Jam. Plus we're both 28, so there's that
My friend's response:
Nice breakdown, but I watched that video and am totally sold. Pick him at 3.
Are you really calling him clumsy? Name another center in the league that moves like that. Dwight Howard is the only one. Look how low he gets in his defensive stance on the perimeter, how quick his feet move. He seems to play hard all the time, too. Did you see that guard try to get the ball in past that wingspan? He will lead whatever team he is on in deflections and blocks. A defensive liability is way harder to cover up than an offensive one, especially when it's a guy close to the basket. A big man can't leave him to double the same way that Kobe did on Brewer on the perimeter.
Biyombo might be the safest pick in the draft. He'll be exactly what you expect, immediately (with a little foul trouble).