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N.B.A. Draftees Know How to Dress

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An air of giddy anticipation hung over the arena as the first pick of the 2011 draft was announced. As expected, Kyrie Irving, a 19-year-old point guard from Duke with a choirboy smile, was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 8,400 spectators erupted into applause. Irving coolly exchanged hugs with family and walked onstage with the studied calm of the Oscar winner for Best Actor. He wore a sleek navy pinstripe suit with a lavender striped necktie — courtesy of Giorgio Armani, and fitted at the designer’s megastore on Fifth Avenue a few days before. .... Perhaps the most GQ-ready look was found on Tristan Thompson, the fourth player selected, also by the Cavaliers. The forward from the University of Texas wore a custom charcoal suit by Paper Brown Bag, a Harlem label, that called to mind a very fashionable Pee-wee Herman with tapered pants and a shrunken jacket. Thompson, 20, comes to the league with a taste for Ferragamo, YSL and Comme des Garçons. "I definitely like a European look, pride myself on the European style," he said. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/fashion/nba-draftees-know-how-to-dress.html

NBA Draft 2011: Bismack Biyombo may have buyout issues

Will this scare off prospective suitors in tonight's draft? Or will it simply be a footnote to the start of his NBA career?

NBA Mock Draft 2011: Everything's turning up Biyombo for the Pistons!

It's nearly impossible to find somebody who doesn't think the Pistons will select Bismack Biyombo in tonight's draft.

NBA Draft 2011: Is Bismack Biyombo's back a 'red flag?'

Don't believe everything you read, especially when it's coming from anonymous sources.

NBA Draft 2011: Detroit now favors Tristan Thompson?

Just one day after Markieff Morris stole the show in a head to head workout, Tristan Thompson has reportedly moved atop Detroit's draft board.

NBA Draft Rumors: Bismack Biyombo and Markieff Morris rising; numbers like Tristan Thompson

The hype machine may be driving Bismack Biyombo out of Detroit's reach. Meanwhile, reports say Markieff Morris shined brightest during Tuesday's workout in Auburn Hills, while Tristan Thompson's...

Bismack Biyombo's NYC workout: "sources...were present to see him dunk on opponents repeatedly"

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Matching up with Josh Harrellson, Joe Trapani, Talor Battle, Malcolm Delaney and Travele Jones, Bismack Biyombo had an excellent workout for the Raptors in New York City, where he showed a significantly better offensive arsenal than he had last week in Treviso, according to multiple sources who were present to see him dunk on opponents repeatedly. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Amlgbf_6T_tEgWS8FJwKbqq8vLYF?slug=ycn-8674693

CONTROVERSY: Bismack Biyombo not invited to NBA draft

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Every year, the NBA tips its hand as to who it believes are the top 14 or 15 prospects in the draft with its annual "green room" invitations. These players are invited by the league to sit in a special room with their families and agent on draft night. When their names are called, they leave the room and go up on stage to shake commissioner David Stern's hand. .... The only conspicuous name left off the list is Bismack Biyombo from Congo.

Synergy Sports analysis: Bismack Biyombo

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As much as Biyombo's ability to alter shots off-ball is great, it's his ability to change them on the ball that was especially impressive. Of the 21 charted defensive post plays for Biyombo on Synergy Sports Technology, he blocked 6-7 shots on the ball and severely altered 3-4 more shots. Nasty. Granted, a limited sample size, but still nasty. Overall, Biyombo's post defense was stellar this year. On those aforementioned 21 post plays, his opponents managed to shoot just 22% (according to Synergy). Holds his position well, even against veterans, shows good balance and shuffles his feet well. Very sound in his approach. Also, seems competent guarding outside the painted area. Shows hard on pick/roll and moves his feet well on the perimeter. Can legitimately guard both frontcourt positions. Though, he's not without his flaws defensively. Sometimes loses sight of the ball and has a tendency to over-help. Biyombo might struggle a little adjusting to defending NBA talent, which is expected of any newcomer. But he will be much more prepared than any college prospects to defend against NBA offenses thanks to his time dealing with the talent and precision of many of the ACB teams.
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