Stats: 7.9 PPG 4.9 RPG 0.7 BPG
Teams: Bucks, Nets, Wizards, Mavericks
Once compared to Dirk Nowitzki (a common theme with many of the foreign bigs on this list) for his 7-foot stature and outside shooting ability, Yi's career never took off. He struggled to play through minor—albeit nagging—injuries, and never took the Chinese NBA mantle from the even more chronically injured Yao Ming. He averaged 12 points and seven boards in his best season as a pro, but it was by taking 10 shots a game for the 12 70 New Jersey Nets.