Wang Zhizhi (王治郅) was a top player in the Chinese National Men's Basketball Team and Bayi Rocket Club Team. He played for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat from 2001 to 2005, becoming the first non-American player from Asia chosen by the NBA.
He announced his retirement at the end of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league 2013-2014 season. The Bayi's veteran finished with 14 points, six reounds and three assists in his final match against Liaoning Hengye on Feb. 16, 2014.
Born on July 8, 1977 in Beijing, Wang started basketball training at the age of eight in a local spare-time sports school managed by his father. He studied in Beijing's No. 55 Middle School and was trained at the Basketball Club of No. 4 Middle School. He joined the Bayi Youth Team in 1991 and the Bayi Team in 1994. He was chosen by the National Youth Team in 1995 and the National Team in 1996.
Wang was titled the "King of Dunk" in the league matches for Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for three consecutive years from 1996 to 1998. 216-centimeters tall, skillful technique, and strong personality, Wang has become one of the most brilliant basketball players in China and Asia.
The following are Wang's major achievements from 1996 to 2011.
First Chinese player to make the World Youth Star Team in 1996.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) and gold medal winner in the Asian Youth Basketball Championships in 1996.
Gold medal winner in the Asian Basketball Championships in 1999.
CBA Best Defensive Player 1998-1999.
Gold medal winner in the Asian Basketball Championships and the Asian Games in 1999. He became the first Asian player chosen by NBA in the same year.
No. 1 center of the Asian Star Team by the Asian Basketball Association in 2000.
Signed with the Dallas Mavericks in March 2001.
Signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002. He was expelled from the Chinese National Team due to a conflict in communicating with the national team during the same year.
Signed with the Miami Heat in 2003.
His contract with the Miami Heat expired in 2005.
Reached an understanding with the Chinese National Team and returned in 2006. Gold medal winner in the Asian Games in Doha in the same year.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Bayi Rocket Club Team CBA Champions in 2007
Finished eighth at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Finished second in the Asian Basketball Championships in 2009.
Gold medal winner in the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.
Gold medal winner in the Asian Basketball Championships in 2011, and meanwhile won the qualifications for the London Olympic Games.