The Great Wall of Yao

Yao Ming made waves when he was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2002.  He’s one of the unicorns in NBA history.  Kind of how Kristaps Porzingis is now.  Ming stands a towering 7’6″, which made it easy for him to grab rebounds over people.  Houston felt that Yao Ming would be an answer for Shaquille O’Neal.  During his rookie season, he averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per gameyao.

With his rookie season results, Yao proved that he could hold his own in the NBA. Ming was a skilled bigman; he had a reliable jumper, soft touch around the rim, and was a great free throw shooter.  Yao’s injuries were relatively related to his foot or ankle.His career injuries included stress fractures in left foot, fractured left ankle, and  hairline fracture in left foot.  His injuries were existent due to his enormous size.  Keep in mind that Yao Ming is 7’6″, and that’s a lot of weight on his feet.  Yao Ming played 7 seasons in the NBA,  and he’s an 8 time All-Star.  His career averages are 19 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.



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