Former NBA lottery pick announces retirement from basketball
On Tuesday, a former NBA lottery pick made the announcement that he will no longer be playing professional basketball.
Yi Jianlian, who had spent most of his career in China, recently stunned everyone by making the unexpected announcement that he will be retiring.
NBA fans were familiar with him due to the fact that the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the sixth overall choice in the 2007 draft.
Jianlian participated in the NBA for a total of five seasons and was a member of four different clubs during that time. In 2009–10.
While playing for the New Jersey Nets, he had the statistically best season of his career, averaging 12.0 points and 7.2 rebounds throughout 52 games played.
Jianlian relocated back to China at the conclusion of the 2011–2012 NBA season in order to continue his professional basketball career with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Jianlian was named the Most Valuable Player of the League five times and the Most Valuable Player of the Finals three times while playing for Guangdong.
Jianlian was a member of the Chinese national team and competed in the Olympics four times while representing his country.
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