29. Yao Ming
Yao Ming was a modern wonder when he stepped into the league in 2002. This was a 7-foot Chinese man, which was shocking on its own. However, the guy was dominating the Chinese League, the Chinese Basketball Association, for years. He led the league in blocks three times, led the league in rebounds three times, and won the CBA MVP. He also won the CBA Championship in 2002.
Eventually, “The Great Wall” made his way over to the NBA where he played for the Houston Rockets. Like China, Yao dominated the NBA upon arrival. He averaged nearly or over 20 points from 2003 to 2009, earning 8 total NBA All-Star years. Ming ended up on the All-NBA Second Team twice and the All-NBA Third Team three times.
Sadly, a foot injury in 2009 led to his career pretty much being over. He tried to return but just couldn’t. Yao retired as one of the best players who never won an NBA Championship as a result. Today, Yao serves as President of Basketball Operations for the Chinese Basketball Association.