Bob Leverone, Associated Press
Bismack Biyombo, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, answers reporter's questions during a news conference announcing his signing with the Charlotte Bobcats just before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bobcats rookie forward Bismack Biyombo is anxious to make his NBA debut Thursday night at Atlanta — a day he wasn't sure would come at all this season.

For months Biyombo, the seventh pick in the draft, wondered if he'd get a chance to play basketball for the Bobcats because of a contract dispute with his former Spanish team Fuenlabrada. But with the situation resolved earlier this week Biyombo is ready to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA.

Biyombo says practicing with his teammates was fun, but he adds "until I actually play in a game, I can't say my dream has come true."

The power forward from the Congo has incredible leaping ability and figures to play a key role in the Bobcats' rebuilding effort.