Bismack Biyombo

Bismack Biyombo

Bismack Biyombo was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is a professional basketball player and humanitarian who currently plays in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors.

Bismack started playing basketball at age 15 in his hometown of Lubumbashi. He was discovered by former Jordanian, Angolan and Portuguese national team coach, Mario Palma, at the age of 16 at a youth tournament in Yemen. His performance impressed the coach and earned him the opportunity to train in Spain. As a teenager, he drew a great deal of notoriety and quickly worked his way up to the top tier of the ACB Spanish league to play for Fuenlabrada-Getafe Madrid.

In 2011, he competed in the Nike Hoops Summit for the World Select Team where he recorded a triple double, and became the first player to do so in the Summit’s history with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 block shots.

In June 2011, he was drafted seventh overall in the NBA Draft and signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. In July 2015, Biyombo signed with the Toronto Raptors.

On August 1st 2015, he participated in the first ever NBA game played on African soil in Johannesburg as he represented Team Africa. Every summer, Bismack returns to the DRC to hold life-skills seminars and basketball camps throughout the country and to provide opportunities to the youth. Biyombo also participates in the Basketball Without Borders program in South Africa. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Eastern Congo Initiative.