by Dylan Lowther / @OntheDylanL

Yao Ming was much more than a basketball player; he is arguably the most significant foreign player to ever play in the NBA. He was a true ambassador and without him, basketball in China wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is today.

Let’s not get anybody confused here, the guy was a very good basketball player, among the very few centers in today’s game who could defend, shoot, rebound and post-up. He was a special talent, and barring injuries, there is no doubt that Dwight Howard would have to fight for the title of best center in the League. Check out the gallery above for some of his best moments in the NBA.