Get to know new Thunder addition Bismack Biyombo after being signed

The Oklahoma City Thunder strengthened their depth with the free-agent addition of Bismack Biyombo. The 31-year-old was a prominent starter for the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season before being waived in January.

In 30 games with the Grizzlies, Biyombo averaged 5.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

Biyombo is expected to join the Thunder following the All-Star break as he gives them another option as a backup big. It’s a low-risk signing for someone who can provide spot minutes when needed off the bench.

He also provides OKC with some size, which is necessary considering how small its roster is.

Get to know Biyombo and what he can bring to the Thunder:

Biyombo's career profile and career thus far

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Biyombo was taken with the 7th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He played his first four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats. After that, he’s bounced around the league as a journeyman big with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies.

The 31-year-old played a pivotal role for the Raptors in their 2016 playoff run, which earned him a nice paycheck that offseason.

In his career, he’s averaged 5.1 points on 53.5% shooting, six rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

Biyombo on offense

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It’s a pretty simple role for Biyombo on offense. He’s your traditional rim-running big who shoots exclusively inside of the paint. Over 77% of his field goals resulted in assists.

The six-foot-eight center plays bigger than his actual size. He’ll serve as a nice dunking threat who can finish inside of the paint. Outside of that, he’s pretty limited as an offensive threat. The 3-point shot is nonexistent and he’s a career 55% free-throw shooter.

Biyombo on defense

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This is where Biyombo was likely signed for. He is a large body who can spell Chet Holmgren the occasional rest and gives OKC another option when it wants to run a big lineup.

Biyombo is averaging 1.1 blocks this season in 24 minutes. The shot-contesting is there for him. On the flip side, he averages nearly three fouls a game too.

Biyombo can be a nice situational backup center when facing some of the larger frontcourts in the West like the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Story originally appeared on Thunder Wire