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2006 NBA Draft Draft Tracker Draft Tracker - Round 1 Draft Tracker - Round 2 Players Positions Schools Conferences NBA Teams

 Yi Jianlian  
 Position: Small Forward
 Country: China
 Pro Club: Guangdong
 Height, Weight: 7'0, 230
ANALYSIS: The fact that Jianlian's name is even being mentioned for this year's draft is a surprise to many, as it was expected that China would not allow him to enter his name this season. Jianlian is an intriguing, raw prospect who may take a few years to develop into the American style of basketball. There is an ongoing dispute about his age, he is listed as being 18-years old, but some believe he was born in 1985, making him 21. Jianlian is playing in his fourth season with Guangdong in the Chinese Basketball Association, and is enjoying his best campaign so far. He led Guangdong to the CBA title, averaging a shade less than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the playoffs, while the Tigers amassed a 10-1 postseason record. Throughout the regular season, Jianlian averaged 20.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game recording 20 double-doubles in the process. Jianlian topped the 30-point mark eight times, including a 43 point performance in the final game of the regular season. Dominating the CBA is one thing, but expanding his game to excel in the NBA will be a huge jump for Jianlian to make. He is rail-thin and will be hard-pressed to handle himself in the post at the power forward position. He will be better served guarding "threes" while trying to add weight. Jianlian has not shown great range on his shot, only hitting 28.6-percent of his three-point attempts this season. There are many questions surrounding Jianlian as he makes a bid to jump to the next level. On top of sorting out how old he really is and how good he can be against top competition, there is the issue of negotiating with the Chinese Basketball Association for a buyout of Jianlian's contract; a process that was not easy for the Rockets when they selected Yao Ming. Jianlian has a world of potential, but is still a few years away from realizing it fully. He could be a nice first-round project for a perennial playoff team to select and stash away for a few seasons.