Yao Ming is one of the most outstanding foreign players in NBA history. Since joining the NBA in 2002, Yao Ming has brought everyone surprises again and again.
In his 8-year career, Yao Ming has been the league’s All-Star ticket leader for 2 consecutive years. He averaged 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
In 2016, Yao Ming successfully entered the Hall of Fame, which is the greatest affirmation of Yao Ming’s career in the NBA.
Although Yao Ming did not bring the team to the Finals, he is one of the most difficult players to copy in the NBA, especially in the era when small ball tactics are prevalent, traditional centers are gradually dying, and it is conceivable that it will be difficult for a center like Yao Ming to appear again
So how unique is Yao Ming?
Today my cousin will take everyone to see what happened.
1. Soft touch
Generally, centers in the NBA are big men with sturdy bodies. They are strong and muscular, and long-term strength training has given them strong muscles.
But precisely because of their strong bodies, many centers do not have the soft touch of a guard. Their free throw percentages are generally low. They don’t like mid-range shots and prefer to attack inside. We call them jumpers.
In contrast, Yao Ming, who is 2.26 meters tall, has a soft touch and is good at mid-range jump shots. Yao Ming’s career free throw percentage is as high as 83.3%, which is even better than the average guard. In the future, you will hardly see a big man with such a delicate touch
2. Signature hook
Speaking of the NBA hook attack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the pioneer, and no one is more representative of this offensive method than him.
Unlike Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook, Yao Ming’s hook almost relies on the strength of his wrist. When Yao Ming attacks with a hook, no one can interfere with him because he is too tall.
In the era of small ball tactics, most inside players are developing three-point capabilities.
Instead, the most traditional inside offensive skills are ignored, so many people have this view, not because the current small ball style is too strong, but because the league lacks traditional centers like Yao Ming.
Yao Ming’s career hit rate reached 53%, which has a lot to do with his skillful hook attack. With the development trend of the league, Yao Ming’s small hook attack will always remain in history.
3. Center with high EQ
Generally speaking, modern centers give people the impression of “well-developed limbs and simple minds”. The simplest representative is Warriors center McGee.
But Yao Ming is just the opposite, his physical fitness is not outstanding.
However, Yao Ming’s basketball EQ and IQ are extremely high. He can quickly understand tactics and cooperate with his teammates tacitly. At the same time, Yao Ming has hardly offended other players in his 8-year career, and no one deliberately attacked Yao Ming.
After retiring, Yao Ming has now become the chairman of the Basketball Association. It is absolutely impossible to have such an achievement without high IQ and EQ. It is extremely difficult for a center with high EQ like Yao Ming to appear again in the future.