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Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Position: SF
Hometown: , China
Current Team: Jiangsu
Win - Loss: 3 - 10

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International Scene: Turning Points

Luis Fernández
Luis Fernández
Jan 22, 2006, 07:10 pm
Yi plays for the Jiangsu Dragons, a rather strong team that made it to the CBA finals last season. He enjoys meaningful and consistent playing time there, averaging around 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Standing 6-9, Yi looks like a legit small forward even if he’s usually forced to play power forward. His decent athleticism, nice skill set and basketball instincts make him a rather intriguing package. He enjoys quite an effective jumper featuring 3-point range and can easily put the ball on the floor with either hand to attack the hoop. Li is also capable of changing directions impressively while showing some quickness, footwork and good ability to finish around the rim. He’s still learning to take advantage of his size near the basket, but already shows some willingness to post-up smaller match-ups, usually to finish with a turnaround jumper. Not a bad passer at all, he shows very nice basketball IQ making decisions on the court.

There’s a huge knock on him, though. Yi is extremely skinny, thin as a rail. If Chinese players usually lack strength, Yi’s case is off the charts, looking a bit like a starving kid. Of course his body is completely underdeveloped, but to get over this flaw will be a very difficult task considering his very poor frame. Right now he’s outmuscled every time he touches a rival, often becoming a defensive liability for his team. That’s why it’s rather surprising to see him placed at the power forward spot and many times having to defend paint players. This is at least a good way for him to add some toughness while battling against the bigs.

Therefore, take this just as a small introduction to someone who might develop into something interesting down the road, but is still light-years away from being considered a real NBA prospect.

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