Top 10 Yao Ming Videos
When we posted the Top 10 (make it 9) Asian players ever, it was a no-brainer that former #1 draft pick Yao Ming was going to be #1 on the list. It was a no-brainer because for a few years in the league, before a bunch of injury plagued seasons, Yao was a 5 x All-NBA 2nd and 3rd team selection and arguably the best center in the league.
Yao turns 35 years young today and it’s been 13 years since his NBA debut and 4 years since he announced his retirement and made his last NBA All-Star appearance (having flashbacks of people complaining about Yao dominating All-Star voting), but what always bothered me a little when I look back at Yao’s career isn’t the fact that it was cut short and limited by injuries, but in my opinion, we didn’t get to see the skinny and more fun-to-watch rookie Yao Ming, who played more like Sabonis, develop. But I can’t blame Coach Jeff Van Gundy for wanting Yao to get bigger and be a dominant post banger.
“Lots of people kept on telling me to have Yao shoot turn around jumpers from 14-16 feet.” said JVG “Yeah, that’s what you want with a guy whose 7’6”. With data we showed Yao how much more effective he was closer to the basket – what his stats were from 4-6 ft, 6-8 ft and 8-10 ft. Every step [closer] matters in post play.
Yeah, I kind of did want that as well as more behind the back passes to a cutting Steve Francis and 3-pointers but I can’t complain about seeing Yao put up 25 and 10 for a season.