Sacramento Kings: Bargain Free Agents Team Should Target

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Bismack Biyombo, Center, Charlotte Hornets

Mar 11, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets center

Bismack Biyombo

(8) shoots a free throw during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Kings defeated the Hornets 113-106. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings’ defense was extremely questionable in the 2014-15 season. Their points allowed per game ranked tied for 27th in the league with 105.0 points allowed per game. The Kings also allowed opposing teams to convert on most of their shots with their opponents shooting 45.6 percent, which ranked 24th in the league. The team also struggled to force turnovers, as teams averaged 12.5 turnovers against the Kings, 24th in the league.

The team decided to add Cauley-Stein with the sixth pick in the draft, who is known for his tremendous defense. With the team obviously looking to improve their defense down low, they can go a different route and add one of the more underrated rim protectors in Biyombo.

Biyombo finished 18th in the NBA with 1.55 blocks per game. When digging deeper, Biyombo finished fifth in the NBA in blocks per 48 minutes with 3.82. With Biyombo only averaging only 19.4 minutes per game, being one of the better rim protectors is key for his value. His defensive prowess alone can help anchor a second or third unit for the Kings.

While blocks aren’t everything that comes to defense, Biyombo’s defensive rating is still strong. With a 99 defensive rating per 100 possessions, he is only 2.6 points off from the leader. His defensive numbers are borderline elite for a bench player and he could come extremely cheap for the Kings.

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  • Looking at his other assets, Biyombo is a pretty solid rebounder. He has never averaged less than 4.8 rebounds per game and in 2014-15 he averaged 6.4 RPG. At his very lean 6’9″ 229-pound frame, it is not only evident of his rebounding prowess, but it is evident that Biyombo would benefit from adding some weight. His nimbleness allows him to move solidly for a center, but he can look to add some weight to go through the trials of the NBA season.

    Biyombo doesn’t offer much in terms of offense, averaging only 4.4 points in his career, but his defense and rebounding alone would make him a solid add for the Kings.

    The Kings could look to capitalize in on their addition of Cauley-Stein and double down in the defensive department. Adding Biyombo would add a very solid rim protector off the bench.

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