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Yi Jianlian

Yi Jianlian
NameYi Jianlian
TeamGuangdong Southern Tigers
Height Ft7
Height In0
Weight Lb250
PositionPower forward / Center
Birth DateOctober 27, 1987(age 29) (disputed)
Birth PlaceHeshan, Guangdong
CollegeGuangdong University of Technology (2003 2007)
Draft Round1
Draft Pick6
Draft TeamMilwaukee Bucks
Draft Year2007
Teams *Guangdong Southern Tigers (2002 - 2007; 2011 - present) *Milwaukee Bucks (2007 - 2008) *New Jersey Nets (2008 - 2010) *Washington Wizards (2010 - 2011)
Career Start2002
Highlights *4× CBA Champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) *3× CBA Finals MVP (2004 2006) *4× CBA All-Star (2004 2007) *FIBA Asia Championship 2011 MVP

Yi Jianlian

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Yi Jianlian ( , born October 27, 1987 [disputed]) is a Chinese professional basketball player for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. He has also played in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, and Washington Wizards. Yi played power forward for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in 2002 and subsequently won the Rookie of the Year Award. In five years with the Tigers, he won three CBA titles, as well as playing with the Chinese national basketball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Championships. In the 2007 NBA Draft, he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the sixth overall pick. Initially, Yi declined to sign with the Bucks for several months before agreeing to a contract with them on August 29, 2007.

There has been controversy over Yi's age, as several reports have testified that his officially listed birth date of October 27, 1987, was intentionally falsified so he would be able to play longer in junior competitions. Yi has refused to comment on his age.

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