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New Laker Yi Jianlian Has Big Olympics For China

Author: W. Dawkins
NBA’s Jianlian Yi Has 29 Pts, 16 Bds In China

Newly signed Los Angeles Laker Yi Jianlian had a big performance in the 2016 Olympics for China.

 

The 7-0, 250-pound power forward was Rio’s third leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 47 percent from three-point range.

 

“He (Yi) was very good for China, averaging 20 plus points in the Olympics is some achievement,” China head coach Wang Fei told FIBA.com “I like his abilities and he can definitely play in the NBA.”

 

However Yi was the only bright spot on a Chinese team that went winless in Rio.

 

“The Chinese team needs to improve a lot to be able to compete with the elite teams,” said Wang. “Technically and tactically we were poor and the gap between us and our opponents was vast. The Yao Ming era was great for Chinese Basketball, but we couldn’t build on that to improve.”

 

Now that the Olympics are over, Yi is looking to resume his NBA career in Los Angeles.

 

Yi, the 2016 Chinese Basketball Association Domestic Player of the Year, led the 28-10 Guangdong Southern Tigers to the league’s fourth best record and the CBA playoff semifinals this season.

 

On the year, Yi was the CBA’s 17th leading scorer, averaging 26.4 points along with 9.1 rebounds.

 

Last fall, Yi led China to the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, when he averaged 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks during the tournament and was named MVP.

 

Yi, who last played in the NBA in 2011-12, was picked 6th overall by Milwaukee in the 2007 NBA draft.

 

He averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in five NBA seasons with the Bucks, Nets, Wizards, and Mavs.

 

 

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