Yao Ming

Arguably one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Yao Ming, has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, says reports.

The 7-foot-6 former Houston Rockets player was the first pick in the 2002 draft, and would go on to help bring the NBA to China.

Yao Ming is an eight-time NBA All-Star, who averaged 19 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in eight seasons.

His NBA career was cut short, however, when he retired in 2011 following a series of foot and ankle injuries.