Was Yi worth the trouble?
August, 29, 2007
So what can we expect from Yi Jianlian? Based on what he did in summer league and last year's world championship, don't get your hopes too high. Playing for the Chinese national team in 2006, he didn't get much done offensively, averaging 6.2 points and shooting only 42.4 percent from the floor. But at least we can give him an "Yi" for effort, as his rebounding numbers (5.7 per game) translate well: He averaged just under one board for every three minutes. In summer league, when he played for Team China, Yi was a disaster. In five games, he had nearly twice as many turnovers (23) as baskets (13). He shot 25.5 percent from the floor, and he was much less productive on the glass than he'd been at the world championship, averaging just over a rebound for every six minutes.