Yi Jianlian is a curious case. He’s a seven-footer that doesn’t shoot particularly well but he’s active on the boards and can block shots. Certainly he isn’t going to change the fortunes of a team on the offensive end, but he’ll be active on defense and can help the second unit.
During the 2011-12 season for the Dallas Mavericks, Jianlian averaged 14 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per-36 minutes. His sample size was small, but it was in line with his career averages and is a reasonable expectation for him. He’s just 24 years old and still has time to improve.
Teams that need depth in the frontcourt would benefit from having Jianlian on their team. The Atlanta Hawks are a little thin up front and Jianlian could learn a lot from watching the all-around effort that Josh Smith puts out every night.