Player Profile & Statistics
Ming Yao
Ming YAO (China)
DOB: 12.09.1980
Place of birth: Shanghai (China)
Height: 226cm/7'5"
Weight: 125kg/276lbs
Position: Center
Main statistics
Points per game 19
Rebounds per game 8.2
Assists per game 2
 Player Profile
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Career: Shanghai Sharks (China-CBA, 1997-2002), Houston Rockets (NBA, 2002-08).

Yao’s parents both played basketball. His mother was the captain of the Chinese Women’s National Team in the 1960s and ’70s while his father was a 2.08m center for the Shanghai team. Yao, who began playing basketball at the age of nine, went to Shanghai Junior Sports School. In April, 1998, he was chosen for the Chinese National Team. When the Rockets selected Yao with the first pick of the 2002 NBA draft, he was the first international player ever picked number one overall. In 2004, Yao played on the team that upset world champions Serbia to reach the quarter-finals of the Athens Games. Injuries have plagued his career, and a stress fracture in his foot in early March 2008 cut short his best-ever season with the Houston Rockets. Yao needed four months to recover after an operation and had just one month of training with the National Team before his country hosted this summer’s Olympics

 Competition   PPG   RPG   APG 
 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament for Men 2008  15.7  5.3   1 
 Olympic Games: Tournament Men 2008  19  8.2   2 
 Stankovic Continental Champions Cup 2006  16  6   2.3 
 FIBA World Championship 2006  25.3  9   1.5 
 FIBA Asia Championship for Men 2005  20  0   0 
 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament for Men 2004  22  9.3   2.3 
 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men 2004  20.7  9.3   1.6 
 Asian Championship for Men 2003  22.9  0   0 
 World Championship for Men 2002  21  9.3   2.5 
 Asian Championship for Men 2001  15.4  0   0 
 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament for Men 2000  2.5  3   0.5 
 Olympic Games : Tournament for Men 2000  10.5  6   1.7 
 World Championship for Men '22 and Under' 1997  6.2  1.6   0 

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