what happened to him? is it because of the team??
he was given the chance in New Jersey where he average 10.5 pts 6.2 rebounds while shooting 39% in three point line in his first 37 games, and then he suffered an injury to his finger, after the injury he averaged 8.6 pts and 5.3 rbs while shooting 38% from three point line
the next season he was back at the starting line up where he suffered an injury riddled season where he averaged 12pts and 7.2 rbs as well as shooting 40% in the field and 37% in the three point line
he was traded to washington because of the rebuilding of the New jersey,
Sooooo, saying that,
what team would be interested with him? i see him to be a solid role player, who could play a little bit of Center,
I want to see him balling for San Antonio, but they have tiago splitter
Definitely has shown an ability to shoot, and his skill set for a guy of his size is solid. The problem is, his upper body strength is very poor. Yao Ming did not have the strongest upper body either, but he had tree trunk legs, which Yi does not seem to possess either. The bottom line is, he has shot a pathetic percentage from the field for a player of his size, and his defense/rebounding does not come close to making up for this. The crazy thing is, he looks like a player and he is actually a pretty good athlete for a 7 footer. But, he has shown very little ability to play Center, and he has shown next to no ability to post players up at this level. He is supposedly still only 23, though their are rumors he was born in 1984 instead of 1987. This is from his wikipedia page:
In 2004, Yi was listed as being born in 1984 in China's Four Nation Tournament, although Chinese officials said that it was probably a typographical error. Two years later, Fran Blinebury of The Houston Chronicle reported that Yi told Shane Battier he was 24 in an exhibition game before the 2006 FIBA World Championship, although the story was refuted by both Yi and Battier. Yi is not the first Chinese player to come under scrutiny, as former NBA player Wang Zhizhi has been listed as being born in both 1977 and 1979.
In 2006, a senior CBA official admitted that past youth squads had included players above the permitted age, and Yi's longtime American teammate in China, Jason Dixon, said to Chad Ford that Yi was "21 or 22...It's pretty common over [in China] to change ages". In 2007, a Chinese government registration site made public by hackers showed Yi's date of birth as being in 1984, and in December 2008, a Chinese reporter discovered school registration forms that listed Yi as being born in 1984.
It does seem really strange that Yi was allowed to enter the draft so "early", after Yao was made to stay until he was automatically eligible at 22. That being said, could you imagine if Yao would have been taken by the Wizards in 2001? Or would Jordan have still taken Kwame? Crazy! Also, if he had come over for the 2000 draft, he would have stood out like none other. A 20 year old Yao Ming battling Kenyon Martin for the top pick. Yao was probably the most awaited future first pick since Tim Duncan decided to stay 4 years in college (Timmy more than likely would have been the first pick after his sophomore or junior year. Yes, over Iverson). Well, back to Yi, his expectations were far too high, and he was never going to be on the level of Yao Ming, he just did not have his same capabilities and strength. Volume shooting 7 footers who are defensive liabilities are just not incredibly helpful. On a similar note, does anyone else remember when Yi was almost voted into the All-Star game? That was scary, lol.
Washington have several frontcourt prospects so could allow Yi to walk and I'd guess that he will garner decent interest for being a skilled 7 footer who is somewhere in his mid 20's lets say. A lot could depend if the lockout contines as Yi is sure to get good offers to return to China and without an NBA contract to his name he might decide to stay back home.
If he does continue his NBA career then it will be interesting to see if a contender looked at him as a continuing prospect or a rebuilding team took him on and hoped he could fulfil his potential.
Yi would be good next to dwight...or at least on ORL he seems like their type of player
i guess the NBA will keep YI for the sake of marketing in China, with yao ming announcing that he will oficially retire almost 57% of the Chinese population dont have the reason to watch the NBA,
the hornets being owned by the NBA i think they will pick up YI and give him playable minutes to show off ---- only my opinion