Full Name:
Yao Ming
Position:
Center
College:
N/A
Height:
7-5 (2.26 m)
Weight:
296 (134 kg)
Team:
Shanghai Sharks (China)
Birthdate:
September 12, 1980
Birthplace:
China

Statistics

NBA DRAFT 2002
Selected in the first round (first overall) by the Houston Rockets.

HIGHLIGHTS
One of the most highly anticipated players ever to join the NBA, Yao has rapidly developed into the best and most dominant player in China.
Held well-attended workout for NBA general managers and scouts in Chicago on May 1, 2002. Performed in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia.
Follows fellow China National Team members Wang Zhizhi of the Dallas Mavericks and Mengke Bateer of the Denver Nuggets to the NBA.
Scouting reports note Yao’s agility and quickness for a player of his height.
Possesses a soft shooting touch and has shooting range out to 15 feet.
Has improved his free throw shooting to above 75 percent.

In the 2001-02 CBA (China Basketball Association) season, Yao led the league in blocked shots (4.8 bpg), and ranked 2nd in scoring (32.4 ppg) and rebounding (19.0 rpg).
He was even more dominant in the championship series, where he led the Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Bayi Rockets, earning Shanghai’s first CBA championship.
In that four-game series, he averaged 41.3 points, 21 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.
In the clinching 123-122 victory, Yao recorded 44 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
For the playoffs, he averaged 38.9 points, 20.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.

In the 2001 Asian Basketball Championship for Men, Yao helped the Chinese National Team capture the title and an accompanying berth in the 2002 World Championship, slated for Indianapolis, Indiana, late this summer.
Yao, who was named MVP and the Top Rebounder, averaged 13.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.76 block shots in 20 minutes per game.

Yao became the dominant player in the CBA as a 20-year-old during the 2000-01 CBA season.
Averaged 27.1 points, 19.4 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots.
In the first game of the CBA Finals against the Bayi Rockets and national team teammate Wang Zhizhi, Yao scored 32 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to spark Shanghai to a 116-105 victory.
In the second game of the series, scored 22 points and grabbed 24 rebounds, but Bayi won, 114-109.
Yao was named the regular season MVP.

In the 2000 Olympic Games, led China in blocked shots (2.17 bpg), rebounds (6.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (63.9%) and was second in scoring (10.5 ppg).
In the first game of competition against the USA Basketball Senior National Men’s Team, was limited to 16 minutes by foul trouble, but tallied five points, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists in his brief time on the court.
In 82-66 loss to Lithuania, scored a game-high 23 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and added two blocked shots.

STATISTICS
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
1997-98 21   91 148 .615 32 66 .485 175 13     210 10.0
1998-99 12   100 171 .585 51 73 .699 155 7     251 20.9
1999-00 33   285 487 .585 127 186 .683 480 57     699 21.2
2000-01 22   221 326 .678 139 174 .799 426 48     596 27.1
2001-02 34   411 570 .721 255 336 .759 645 98 51 153 1102 32.4
TOTALS 122   1108 1702 .651 604 835 .723 1881 223     2858 23.4
Three-point field goals: 1997-98, 0-for-0 (.000); 1998-99, 0-for-0 (.000); 1999-00, 2-for-10 (.200); 2000-01, 5-for-14 (.357); 2001-02, 10-for-25 (.400). Totals: 17-for-49 (.347).