Born: September 12, 1980
Height: 7’6″ / 2.29 m
Weight: 310 lbs / 141 kg
Current Team: ~RETIRED~
Year Aquired: 2002
Hometown: Shanghai, China
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Yao Ming was born on September 12, 1980 in Shanghai , China. After a prominent five year career in the Chinese Basketball Association, Yao decided to take his game to the next level and declare for the 2002 NBA Draft at the age of 22. His abilities did not go unnoticed as the Houston Rockets made Yao the first pick in the draft, making him the first foreign-born and developed player to be selected number one in the NBA draft.
Since breaking into the league in 2002, Yao has flourished as the premier big man in the NBA. In his rookie season, Yao was voted The Sporting News Rookie of the Year by NBA Executives and was also named a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team. Yao has also been voted a 5-time NBA All-Star (2003-’07) by the fans; twice (’05, ’06) the league’s leading vote getter.
Yao’s popularity and global icon status also reflect in his work off the court. In 2003, Yao was listed in TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, Yao was ranked by Sports Illustrated as the 7th most influential minority in the world. Yao also serves as a global ambassador to the Special Olympics and is active in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders campaign. In 2006, Yao joined the world anti-AIDS campaign and recently met with AIDS-orphaned children at an event. He was so moved by the children that he plans on inviting them to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals -05
World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 25.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 63.9%, FT: 82.1%
All-NBA 2nd Team -07, 09
Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08: 6 games: Score-3(19.0ppg), Reb-3(8.2ppg), 2.0apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.8%
Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team -08