Player Profile: Yi Jianlian
#31 YI JIANLIAN
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthdate : October 27, 1987
From: Shenzhen, China
NBA Years: 3
Drafted: 6th overall (first round) by Milwaukee in 2007
Career Transactions: Traded by New Jersey to Washington along with cash considerations in exchange for Quinton Ross (6/29/10)…Traded by Milwaukee along with Bobby Simmons to New Jersey in exchange for Richard Jefferson (6/26/08).
Professionally: Was a member of the Chinese National Team which competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2004 games in Athens…Played for Team China during the 2007 Las Vegas Summer League, and averaged 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 28.0 minutes per contest…Was named the ambassador of the 2006-07 CBA League after averaging 24.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game for Guangdong…Averaged 20.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game during the 2005-06 season for Guangdong.
Personally: Is the son of two former athletes (his father, Yi Jingliu, is 6-5 and his mother, Mai Meiling, is 5-8)…Name is pronounced “EE jee-ENN-lee-ENN”…Was discovered in 1999 on a playground in Shenzhen…Stood 6-4 when he was just out of grade school…Participated in the 2002 adidas ABCD All-American Basketball Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University along with LeBron James and Sebastian Telfair…Owns the career mark for dunks by a Chinese player in the Chinese Basketball Association.
2010-11: Appeared in 63 games (11 starts), and averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game…Grabbed 10+ rebounds in five games, and recorded three double-doubles…Had a season-high 11 rebounds twice…Scored a season-high 18 points at LAC (3/23)…Blocked a career-high six shots vs. CHA (11/12)…Missed 17 games due to injury; nine for a hyper-extended right knee (11/16-12/1), seven for a sprained right knee (12/16-12/29), and one due to a sprained left ankle (2/9).