Yao Ming (16pts) vs. Germany (2002 WC)

The soon-to-be 22-year-old Yao Ming plays his first World Championship game as the number one pick and puts up 16 points against 7’1 Euroleague center Patrick Femerling. He didn’t have the stamina to play consistently throughout the whole game (Mengke Bateer actually checked in rather quickly in the first quarter to give Yao a breather), however, he looked rather polished for a guy who back then supposedly wasn’t yet quite ready for the NBA. August 29, 2002.



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