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Yao Ming's legacy is Hall of Fame worthy

By J_Logan | View all Posts
Posted Friday, July 08, 2011 03:44 PM   24 comments
Yao Ming was one of the best things to ever happen to the NBA.

But, with the international sensation suddenly retiring Friday, his legacy will be more about being an ambassador for the sport of basketball than his work on the court.

After being drafted No. 1 overall in 2002, and bringing in a massive audience to the NBA from his home country China, the 7-foot-6 monster took the sports world by storm. Unlike many 7-footers, who served more as gimmick projects than real prospects, Yao proved he belonged in the Association.


He went head-to-head with the finest big men in the Western Conference every night, holding his own against the likes of first-ballot HoF’ers Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan. For his career, Yao averaged 19 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, with his best season coming in 2006-07 when he scored 25 points and pulled down 9.4 boards a night, but only played 48 games due to injuries.

Yao would continue to slow down after multiple foot and knee ailment, having played in just 160 games between the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons. He came back strong in 2008-09, putting up more than 19 points per game and suiting up for the Rockets 77 times, but again foot injuries would limit him to only five games in the next two seasons and eventually force Yao to retire.

Yao’s accomplishments were impressive for such a short time in the NBA - eight-time All-Star (thanks in part to the large Chinese fan vote), two All-NBA Second Team nods, and three All-NBA Third Team honors – but fall short against the on-court resume needed to land a spot in the Hall of Fame.

However, because of his instant impact on the game and, more importantly, the way he helped spread basketball to the far reaches of the globe, Yao Ming deserves a spot in Springfield, Mass.
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marnypoly says:
07/08/11 06:22PM
If he's in then so should Horry
Whodeysb09 says:
07/08/11 07:52PM
Compelling but no
CrazyMilkMan says:
07/08/11 08:19PM
No sorry.
waltertaylor24 says:
07/08/11 10:24PM
Not even close
chekua51 says:
07/09/11 01:11AM
I say legacy in the hearts of people (esp Chinese) absoulutely!

But HoF material? I don't think so.

Mikado says:
07/09/11 01:52AM
and I got to see the last 5 minutes of his career at Verizon Center this year.  

He's lucky he got to play as long as he did, somebody of his size - it was surprising he was able to make it past his sophomore year in the league.  

However, I don't think he got enough time in the league to be considered a future HOFer.  He was good, but not unstoppable.  

If anything you can probably credit him for improving the image of the NBA overseas.  But not give him a HOF award for that.  
gamble04 says:
07/09/11 03:24AM
Yao was definetly a guy I always rooted for, but there is no way he deserves to be in the HOF.
Gbobgunn says:
07/09/11 05:04AM
Hall of Fame?   


If only China could vote him in like they did for last year's All-Star team.  It would be a international goodwill gesture towards our Asian brethren but I don't think it's deserved.












Josh_Nagel says:
07/09/11 12:40PM
If Yao could have found a way to stay healthy, I think there's no doubt his numbers would have merited Hall of Fame consideration. To me, that's the saddest thing; he's been gone a while now so it's sort of easy to forget about him.

But when he was healthy, he was by far the dominant big man of his era. He had the size to bang with Shaq, the defensive skills of Dwight Howard and the post game of Tim Duncan. It's just a shame he could never stay on the court, but his retirement definitely merits basketball fans tipping their hats.

JakeLake720 says:
07/09/11 06:45PM
Yao Ming is a sure fire Hall of Famer and after reading most of your arguments I can see that many of you do not know anything about the National Basketball Hall of Fame. It is not the NBA Hall of Fame, it is the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Yao is an absolute lock to get in when you combine his international and NBA career along with his worldwide impact on the game. It appears many of you will be stunned when the inevitable happens and Yao gets in..
D_Unit says:
07/09/11 09:11PM
Being a Rockets fan I dont think he is HOF worthy, but if he didnt have his obligations to China and injuries, I think he would've had a good case.
JakeLake720 says:
07/10/11 01:53AM
What don't you guys understand? Yao is going to be a Hall of Famer, there's no point in even arguing against it..
Laroja says:
07/10/11 10:48AM
Don't think so. HUge rockets fan here.
JakeLake720 says:
07/10/11 12:27PM
It's amazing to me that you guys don't understand that there is no reason to even debate, he is an absolute lock for the Hall of Fame...You guys need to understand that the National Basketball Hall of Fame is not the NBA Hall of Fame, and that's what many of you seem to think..
JerryWrasse says:
07/10/11 01:37PM

Everyone here does realize its the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, not the National Basketball Association Hall of Fame, right?

JakeLake720 says:
07/10/11 05:59PM
LOCK for the Hall of Fame
NewDarkDay says:
07/10/11 08:05PM
NOT A CHANCE IN HELL
MoneyShot says:
07/10/11 08:06PM
i agree, i think he is a lock for the hall too....
MoneyShot says:
07/10/11 08:10PM

lol, why should horry get in??? just because he got lucky to be in the right place at the right time to get all his rings? Horry was a clutch shooter but no way he deserves to sniff the hall of fame. He was a good role player at best...Yao would made a lot of all star games even w/o chinas help so how many all-star games has horry made? no nba player has ever made the hall as a player  w/o making an all-star team that i can think of.. has horry ever made all nba 2nd or 3rd team like yao??

MoneyShot says:
07/10/11 08:17PM

lol, you will be wrong, whether or not he deserves to get in is for debate BUT mark my words he will get in the hall... Yao will make the  hall probably on the level of the 'contributor' label.. here is an article that by matt moore on that and i really think it makes sense..

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/10/jeff-van-gundy-yao-a-hall-of-famer/

 

JakeLake720 says:
07/10/11 10:14PM
Well, NewDarkDay, I hate to break in to you but it's the National Basketball Hall of Fame, not the NBA Hall of Fame..Yao is a mortal cinch to be inducted considering his international and NBA career...I hope that you do not go on some site and bet no because you will lose that bet..Not a chance in hell? Apparently, you do not know the qualifications for induction..because you couldn't be more wrong if you tried...
Lou says:
07/11/11 09:04AM
Cam Neely is in the hockey HOF.
Ponch says:
07/11/11 12:52PM
Yao gets in. If it was just NBA credentials than no.. but he gets in.
mr_bollox says:
07/13/11 01:09AM
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