Title: Biyombo’s departure changes Raptors’ tactics, but not their end goal
Date: October 24, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at how the Raptors can go about making up for the absence of Bismack Biyombo.
The Toronto Raptors lost Bismack Biyombo to the Orlando Magic in free agency this summer. His departure was a bit of a foregone conclusion and, as Eric Koreen explains, exactly the type of scenario good teams find themselves in.
Still, the absence of the defensive-minded Biyombo will sting, and early signs confirmed an initial drop-off at that end of the court. In seven pre-season games, the Raptors ranked just 27th in defensive efficiency. While preseason defensive efficiency is a relatively weak predictor of regular season defence, the Raptors nevertheless will feel Biyombo’s absence around the rim when the games start the count on Wednesday.
The Raptors are unlikely to replace the exact player they lost in Biyombo, whose energy off the bench made him an earnest fan favourite, but they can overcompensate by aggregating gains away from the rim where Biyombo contributed little.
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