Bismack Biyombo has captured the hearts and minds of many a Piston fan with comparisons drawn to Ben Wallace and the oft-coveted Serge Ibaka and this has shown through constant questioning of Pistons experts like Keith Langlois, who spends almost all of his time reporting on and analyzing the franchise and more recently the potential players that the organization may draft.
But could Biyombo have more in common with Ibaka or even worse Ben Wallace than play style? Could Biyombo really be much older than originally thought? Possibly as old as Ben Wallace himself who we've since confirmed already has grey hair? If so, how much older might he be?
While a birth certificate was provided to his team in Spain upon arrival, the document has yet to surface State-side begging the question of whether it even exists. Furthermore, recent photographic evidence shows that Biyombo has in fact had grey hair and a full bushy beard clearly indicating an age greater than the 18 he claims.
And now, to add to the already controversial topic, Keith Langlois reports in one of his more recent mailbags that Biyombo is not expected to be at the Draft Combine with the vast majority of NBA prospects. This begs the question, why would an until recently unknown prospect who appears to be increasing his stock choose NOT to attend one of the best opportunities for him to continue to prove his worth? As it turns out, it may be because the NBA Draft Combine could potentially, in certain cases, choose to administer lie detector tests at will to any potential combine players they choose so they do so.
As such, it would make a lot of sense for a player who is so obviously lying about his age to opt to simply not go to the combine where a test could be administered and most likely come back stating that he's lying about his age. What's worse, through a series of yes/no questions increasing year by year, scouts would likely zero in on his true age which is now being speculated somewhere in his early-mid 30s.
For teams drafting in the top 6, this is simply too risky a player to draft. Even teams drafting 8 or higher should consider drafting Biyombo with EXTREME caution. I for one, am still fond of Biyombo but am starting to wonder just how many years he has left in him. At the age of 35, his explosiveness will last at best, another 3-4 years and that may not be enough to warrant taking in the 2nd round.Now your thoughts.