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Full Name: Yao Ming Current Team: Houston Rockets
Height/Weight: 7'6"/310 Number: 11
Birthdate: September 12, 1980 Entry Draft: 1st round (1st) in 2002
Birthplace: Shanghai, China Drafted By: Houston Rockets
Position: C College:


Biography

Yao Ming was initially pressured to enter the NBA draft in 1999 by Li Yaomin, the deputy general manager of the Shanghai Sharks. Li also pressured Yao into signing a contract with Evergreen Sports Inc., which stated that Yao would have to give Evergreen 33% of his earnings. However, Yao quickly terminated the contract after it was determined invalid. Despite the pressure of entering the draft, becoming an NBA player had always been Yao's dream. When Yao Ming decided to enter the 2002 NBA draft, a team of advisors was formed that was collectively dubbed “Team Yao”. The team consisted of Yao’s negotiator, Erik Zhang, his NBA agent, Bill Duffy, his Chinese agent, Lu Hao, a professor at the University of Chicago, John Huizinga, and Bill Sanders, the vice president for marketing at BDA Sports Management, the company that Duffy started. After Yao's intentions were announced, scouting reports began raving about his shot-blocking, passing, and agility. Some even said that his upside was so tremendous that being selected first overall was virtually guaranteed. Another draft profile called him "the best and most dominant player in China." However, teams were concerned about Yao's NBA eligibility: would the Chinese Basketball Association let Yao play in the United States, or keep him for lesser-known tournaments in China? One week prior to the draft, the Shanghai Sharks, Yao's former team, worked out a deal with the NBA, stating that they would yet Yao play in the U.S. as long as he was drafted by a team that could contend in 2–3 years. On draft night, the Rockets picked Yao, who became the first player without any American basketball experience to be selected first overall.

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Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2003 HOU 82 72 2383 401 805 .498 1 2 .500 301 371 .811 196 479 675 137 31 147 173 230 1104
2004 HOU 82 82 2692 535 1025 .522 0 2 .000 361 446 .809 197 538 735 122 22 156 204 273 1431
2005 HOU 80 80 2447 538 975 .552 0 0 .000 389 497 .783 208 461 669 61 34 160 196 298 1465
2006 HOU 57 57 1949 467 900 .519 0 1 .000 357 395 .853 148 433 581 85 30 94 147 195 1271
2007 HOU 48 48 1624 423 819 .516 0 2 .000 356 413 .862 101 351 452 94 17 94 167 159 1202
2008 HOU 55 55 2044 432 852 .507 0 2 .000 345 406 .850 172 422 594 129 25 11 183 171 1209
2009 HOU
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Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2003 HOU 82 72 29.1 4.9 9.8 .498 0.0 0.0 .500 3.7 4.5 .811 2.4 5.8 8.2 1.7 0.4 1.8 2.1 2.8 13.5
2004 HOU 82 82 32.8 6.5 12.5 .522 0.0 0.0 .000 4.4 5.4 .809 2.4 6.6 9.0 1.5 0.3 1.9 2.5 3.3 17.5
2005 HOU 80 80 30.6 6.7 12.2 .552 0.0 0.0 .000 4.9 6.2 .783 2.6 5.8 8.4 0.8 0.4 2.0 2.5 3.7 18.3
2006 HOU 57 57 34.2 8.2 15.8 .519 0.0 0.0 .000 5.9 6.9 .853 2.6 7.6 10.2 1.5 0.5 1.6 2.6 3.4 22.3
2007 HOU 48 48 33.8 8.8 17.1 .516 0.0 0.0 .000 7.4 8.6 .862 2.1 7.3 9.4 2.0 0.4 2.0 3.5 3.3 25.0
2008 HOU 55 55 37.2 7.9 15.5 .507 0.0 0.0 .000 6.3 7.4 .850 3.1 7.7 10.8 2.3 0.5 2.0 3.3 3.1 22.0
2009 HOU
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