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The Oilers Best Shot Blockers In 2011-12

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On a team with a drastic increase in blocked shots, who stood out as the best in Edmonton?

Shot Blocking Outside the Prime Scoring Area

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Shot Blocking Outside the Prime Scoring Area. There's a time and place for it, and it isn't everytime and everyplace.

An Islander among the best in % of ES shots blocked

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In an attempt to mitigate the fact that you tend to block more shots when you allow more of them, Daniel Wagner of Backhand Shelf has computed the percentage of even-strength shots faced that each player blocked. Guess who tops the forwards list. (Small sample, I know.)

Which Oilers Really Block The Most Shots?

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ESBS shows blocking prowess, not total blocked shots.

The Panthers and "blocked shots": too few or by design?

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After closing out Tuesday night's 6-0 decimation in Dallas, one team-based stat on the box score screamed for attention: that of blocked shots (BkS), or rather in this case a lack of them by the P...

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.

Bismack Biyombo facts.

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Since...the year Bismack Biyombo was born...low post defense related deaths have increased 1,000 percent Biyombo's wingspan is so long that his left hand has only seen his right hand in pictures. http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/bismack-biyombo-facts

Mock Draft: #8 | Detroit Pistons | Bismack Biyombo | PF | Congo

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Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: The closer the draft gets, the more some teams believe Joe Dumars needs the safe pick with better odds on a nice return with a new owner and a new coach. Biyombo is definitely not a safe-pick guy,but he projects as a game changer more than anyone still on the board. http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/06/14/mock-draft-part-iii/index.html
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