Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will be joining the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that also includes Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson.
The 7-foot-6 Yao played nine seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets after starting his career in Shanghai in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.
Foot and ankle injuries forced Yao to cut short his career in 2011, but he averaged 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game and was named to the NBA All-Star team eight times.
Yao also played on China's team that won FIBA Asia Championships in 2001, 2003 and 2005.