7-6, 310, Born September 12, 1980
From: Shanghai, China
8th NBA season ... 7th NBA All-Star Game
Voted a starter for the eighth time his career, though will be unable to participate due to injury ... Though Yao has struggled with injuries, is one of the preeminent post players in the league when healthy … Owns three career streaks of 30-plus straight free throws made ... In 2005, became all-time leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting (2,558,278) ... Anchored Chinese National team in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics ... Named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2006-07 and 2008-09 ... Named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2003-04 and 2005-06 ... Earned unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team honors after averaging 13.5 points with 8.2 rebounds and 1.74 blocks in 82 games (2002-03) ... In 2003, he became the 14th rookie selected to start the All-Star Game and the first since Grant Hill (1995) ... The first No. 1 pick to come from an international basketball league ... Drafted by Houston in the first round (first overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft.