Chinese power forward/center who played professionally in the NBA and in China; drafted 6th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007.
He began his professional career with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in 2002.
He endorsed products for both Nike and Coca-Cola.
His parents Yi Jingliu and Mai Meiling were professional handball players.
Chinese NBA All-Star Yao Ming praised Yi's NBA debut, saying it compared favorably to his own.