Going into this season, most people had Yao pegged as the best center in the league. As of right now, that is not the case. His stats -- 16.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 45 percent shooting -- are all down, and his Player Efficiency Rating (17.4) has dipped below 20 for the first time in his career. Even more troubling has been Yao's inability to get the ball over the rim. He's missed dunks. He's had dunks stuffed by opponents and the rim. He even airballed a dunk against the Clippers. The man is 7'6". How is that even possible?!
Here are the curent numbers on Yao, from the Yahoo box scores and 82games.com:
Shots (of Yao's) blocked: 14 Shots (of Yao's) blocked per game: 2.0. Effective field goal percentage on dunks: 60% Percentage of dunks blocked: 20% Percentage of inside shots blocked: 19% Percentage of close shots blocked: 21% Percentage of jump shots blocked: 9% Percentage of all shots blocked: 15%
In "clutch time" -- the fourth quarter or overtime, less than 5 minutes left, neither team ahead by more than 5 points -- Yao has yet to hit anything other than a jump shot...and 20 percent of those are getting blocked.