Yao Ming

1980 - Today

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Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and former professional player. He played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Yao was selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and was named to the All-NBA Team five times. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yao Ming has received more than 13,023,781 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Yao Ming is the 45th most popular basketball player (up from 49th in 2019), the 699th most popular biography from China (down from 689th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Basketball Player.

Memorability Metrics

  • 13M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 53.51

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 58

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.99

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.41

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among basketball players, Yao Ming ranks 45 out of 1,757Before him are Charles Barkley, Toni Kukoč, Bogdan Tanjević, Moses Malone, Manute Bol, and Stephen Curry. After him are Rick Barry, Red Auerbach, Cēzars Ozers, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, and Šarūnas Jasikevičius.

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Among people born in 1980, Yao Ming ranks 26Before him are Cansu Dere, Christina Ricci, Sibel Kekilli, Esteban Cambiasso, Marat Safin, and Martina Hingis. After him are Ri Sol-ju, Charlie Hunnam, David Garrett, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Martín Demichelis, and Akshata Murty.

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In China

Among people born in China, Yao Ming ranks 699 out of 1,610Before him are James Tien (1942), Zhang Daqian (1899), Tang Xianzu (1550), Fan Bingbing (1981), Sam Hui (1948), and King Hu (1932). After him are Qu Qiubai (1899), Lien Chan (1936), Ma Huateng (1971), Song Yingxing (1587), Lin Huiyin (1904), and Nie Rongzhen (1899).


Among basketball players born in China, Yao Ming ranks 1After him are Yi Jianlian (1987), Wang Zhizhi (1977), Mengke Bateer (1975), Zheng Haixia (1967), Sun Yue (1985), Zhou Qi (1996), and Hu Jinqiu (1997).