The debate amongst the seven foot six, Yao Ming still continues. With his incredible size, Yao dispelled the stereotype of the supposed smaller Asian athlete, and though he was not a ferocious shot blocker, or expert rebounder, he did hold his own in those categories; something that many basketball experts claimed he would fail to do. What he was able to do was score and make his teammates better in the process. With the exception of his final five game season, Yao never had a PER under 20 and his Win Shares are high for a man of his limited playing time. Injuries prevented him from having a long career and he is far from career numbers that would make him an automatic Hall of Fame lock. However, he was named to multiple post season All NBA teams, and his contributions to the game internationally are off the charts. That alone could get him in the Hall.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Shanghai, China
Eligible In: 2017
Played for: Houston Rockets
Drafted: 1st Round, 1st Overall in 2002
Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All Star Teams (8) (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011) Second Team All NBA Selection (2) (2006-07 & 2008-09) Third Team All NBA Selection (3) (2003-04, 2005-06 & 2007-08) Championship Rings: None
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (1) (2008-09) Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (1) (2008-09) Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (2) (2004-05 & 2008-09) Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (3) (2003-04, 2004-05 & 2008-09)
Notable All Time Rankings: 40. Field Goal Percentage: .524 93. Blocks: 920 96. Free Throw Percentage: .833