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Bismack Biyombo biography: 13 things about Congolese basketball player

Bismack Biyombo Sumba is a professional basketball player from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has been playing basketball professionally since 2009 and he made his National Basketball Association debut in 2011.

Biyombo is 6’9″ tall. Here are 13 more things about him:

 

  1. He was born to François Biyombo and Françoise Biyombo in 1992 in Lubumbashi, Zaire. When Laurent-Désiré Kabila became the country’s president on May 17,1997, he reverted its name from Zaire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  2. He has three brothers namely Billy Biyombo, Biska Biyombo and Bikim Biyombo and three sisters namely Bimeline Biyombo, Bikelene Biyombo and Bimela Biyombo.
  3. His agent B.J. Armstrong is a former Chicago Bulls guard.
  4. In 2008, he played at a youth tournament in Yemen. During the tournament, Portuguese basketball coach Mário Palma was so impressed by his basketball skills that he offered him an opportunity to train in Spain.
  5. In 2009, he played for Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid before moving to CB Illescas.
  6. In 2011, he moved to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. In the same year, he was drafted seventh overall by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA draft but his rights were later traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, which was renamed the Charlotte Hornets in 2014.
  7. In 2015, he moved to the Toronto Raptors.
  8. In 2016, he moved to Orlando Magic. During the NBA playoffs that year, he averaged 6.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
  9. He was one of the basketball players featured in the documentary “Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters,” which was released in the United States on December 24, 2017.
  10. In 2018, he returned to the Charlotte Hornets. He was acquired in a three-team trade with the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls on July 8, 2018.
  11. In 2019, he was featured in “Fair Game with Kristine Leahy.” He appeared in 53 games for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2019-2020 NBA season.
  12. In April 2020, his foundation called The Bismack Biyombo Foundation donated approximately $1 million worth of face masks and hazmat suits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He traditionally participates in philanthropic activities in his home country every year during his offseasons but prior to the 2020-2021 NBA season, he was not able to do so because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  13. Before the 2020-2021 NBA season, the Charlotte Hornets signed him again on a one-year deal, the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager Mitch Kupchak announced on November 30, 2020.

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