Friday, December 30, 2005


Yao always had the potential to become the most dominant center in the league. His sheer size allows him to easily shoot over any defender. He has a variety of offensive post moves and his skill for his size is incomparable. However, many believe that his lack of forcefulness and speed hinders his ascension to the next level. Despite criticism of Yao's slow development over his 4 years in the NBA, he has nonetheless exceeded the expectations of many and has become one of the top centers in the world today. He is still leading the balloting after the second returns of the NBA All-Star balloting program. Yao, who elected a Western Conference All-Star starter by fans in each of his three seasons, has 1,319,868 votes in global fan balloting with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, second with 1,213,387 votes. Yao is averaging a career-high 19.5 points and 9.1 rebounds a game for Houston, where the 55th NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 19. Even though has been sidelined since December 19 following surgery on his left big toe he is leading the All-Star balloting. Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash from Canada is second among Western Conference guards with 981,623. Houston Rockets Tracy McGrady is the top vote getter among Western Conference forwards with 1,066,013, followed by Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolveswith 793,078. Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is the leader among Eastern Conference players with 1,188,830 votes, owning a 37,910-vote leadon Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Jermaine O'Neal of the Indiana Pacers is second among East forwards with 689,526 votes. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson leads Eastern Conference guards with 1,144,250 votes and Miami's Dwyane Wade is second with 827,913. Enditem.


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