If only he would do this in the US
Yi could never do that in the US. He's too soft.
yi is such a good athlete with little skill
and soft on top of that
what a shame...
Looks like the NBA toughened him up a bit, he's even added some size since being drafted. Still, he's one of those players that loves to dominate inferior athletes (which he should do) but when he faces an opponent that's at the same level or higher athletically, he turns turtle. He certainly had a lot more to offer, very gifted.
I wonder if the things about his age are true, it you look at him as a 23 year old, he still has good upside, i could imagine some NBA teams would be interested, he still has a shot IMO, but, if he's really 26 and he's nearing his peak physically and ability wise, then i wouldn't touch him, his cormmercial success isn't worth it, we're talking about a 7'0" ft 250lb player that wants to be a small forward and isn't strong enough to guard fours. I could imagine someone like DeJuan Blair demolishing him. Also, i touched on the point that he wanted to be a small forward, his lateral quickness and agility is just enough to stay in front of small forwards, but his all round defense is very poor though, hence why coaches haven't given him full minutes at the three, the offensive reward isn't worth it.
I agree with Symbol, it is a shame, 23 or 26, he really hasn't improved that much since being drafted, his body has matured a little but he hasn't improved his stroke, he had such a great release and hands, it's just a shame. This was the guy who was widely regarded as China's next hope, the guy who was seriously going to challenge Yao as China's top basketball player, at the time, he had the most upside in the draft after Oden and Durant. Flaws aside, he had a really good chance to be an allstar pro, i expected him at this stage to be established on a team like Durant, Horford and Noah are instead, he's been on three different teams in four seasons and has never played the full eighty-two regular season game schedule.
Yi is on my list of puzzling players i think can be better than they've shown...He often settles for way too many outside shots..Ever notice that when he attacks the basket and the crowd gets behind him,he have a decent game? I think he just havent had a coach that gave him a define role.....
I remeber he dunked on Melo in 08...I was like OOOOOOOO snap (Dave Chappelle voice)
Yi has absolute no post moves, and has no coordination when attacking the paint. This could have been solved if he had an elite post footwork bigman coach.
Another problem with Yi is that he has slow reaction skills and small hands for a big. He often times fumbles the ball in traffic and you almost never see him snare a rebound with one hand. Secondly, He is ahead of the game mentally meaning he still doesn't the offer teams offense and he can't recognize what his role is when another teams second and third options have been stopped.
He reminds of what Javale McGee used to be except Javale always had a excellent hands and could execute dunks with one hand. Yi needs both of his hands every time he takes a shot inside which makes him predictable. He is getting better though.
I like him on a team if the can figure out a way to improve his defensive reaction speed by making him work through simulations that force him to improve his split second reaction skills and his ability to diagnose another teams offense and immediately understand what everyone's roles is to stop a teams second and third options. He needs to be familiar with all of the teams on our schedules offensive playbooks. I think the language barrier is what keeps this from happening any time soon but anything is possible with Ted the savior leading the way.
He also has got to be one of the softest rebounding seven footers in the league. He has absolutely no body mass or desire to bang for rebounding position. yi with his language barrier is not improving. Its sad because he has a billion followers on this planet. His team need a bilingual coach just for him so we can tap that market. i am sure a bilingual coach's salary would be covered by the advertising marketing revenue generated from china. More time that they waste, the more they fall behind other teams on the learning curve with wasted season of team cohesion and high basketball iq as a team.
did he stare him down tho?
Surprised that Yi took it to the basket so aggressively like that. We'll see if he can incorporate that into his game in the NBA.
The guy playing defense on him looks awful. That wasn't even a good pump fake and he totally bit on it.
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