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Tracy McGrady. Yao is certainly valuable, but has yet to play like a superstar.
 

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Nevermind, Yao is more valuable.

Tmac is better and has been the main reason for the Rockets big improvement, but Yao is more valuable. Even though Yao is far from dominant, he allows Tmac to be Tmac. Without Yao, the Rockets are not much better than the Magic of last season, he draws doubles and lets Tmac go one on one, much like Shaq did for Kobe. Great wing players are not uncommon, but good centers are.
 

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here are yao's per 48 min stats vs shaq's. just for fun.

Shaq - 31.9 ppg, 14.7, .597 fg%, .463 ft%, 3.4 bpg, 3.8 topg

Yao - 28.5 ppg, 12.9 rpg, .548 fg%, .775 ft%, 2.9 bpg, 3.9 topg

for a soft finesse player who is in many ways still learning to play center in the NBA, his numbers actually hold his own with one of the greatest players to ever walk the earth.

and there is no excuse... none at all for the rockets to lose to the new orleans hornets at home even without yao. how does a 17-54 team beat the fifth best team in the west by shooting 30.6%(!!) from the field?
 

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When you talk about Yao, you have to remember all of his stats are in 30.7 minutes per game, which is significantly less than anyone else as good as him. If he improves his stamina, he's probably a top-5 big man. I don't think he's as valuable as T-Mac, but only because he plays 10.1 minutes less per game than McGrady. Ming gets only 75% of the playing time Tracy gets. If he has 40 minutes a game, he averages over 24 ppg, nearly 11 rebounds, and almost 2.5 blocks per game. Plus, he shoots 55% from the field, and 77.5% from the line.
 

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I would have to say Yao. Yao open up shots for his teammates (TMac, Barry, Wesley, Sura, etc).
 

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It's hard to say, because you don't win without one of them. Both of them draw double teams and open up the shooters around them. Without Yao we have no offense in the front. Without McGrady there is nobody leading the backcourt, handling the ball and no go-to guy in crunchtime.
 

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Even though Yao is far from dominant, he allows Tmac to be Tmac.
I understand the rest of what you said, but this part isn't true. Tmac allows Tmac to be Tmac. Yao makes it a little easier, but we've seen what McGrady can do by himself, and its just what he's doing with the Rockets, now with more support.
 

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Woah, this isn't even close. Yao's having a nice season, but he has a negative +/- stat for the season. Rockets usually don't seem to miss a beat when Mutumbo is on the floor. Of course, this ignoring last night's ugly game. T-mac is clearly the MVP of that team. Almost every Rocket fan will tell u that.
 

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Tracy McGrady. Yao is decent, but the Rockets can win without him. Without T-Mac the Rockets would not go very far, because he is their main scorer. Yao cannot shoulder the scoring load. The Rockets don't have enough of a supporting cast to be able to win without T-Mac's 20+ a game.
 

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Yao... definitely... Tmac has already proven that he can't win many games on his own. Take Yao out, and that team could be worse than last years magic. Yao's importance may not show on the stats sheets, but he opens up the game for all of the players. Without Tmac, that team would win more games than without Yao.

Of course, for the team to be successful, you need both players.
 

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yao's effect on defense is bigger than mcgrady's effect on offense.

even when they were struggling to score 80 points in a game last year, they were still a winning team.
 

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I'd take McGrady... when has Yao proved he can win games on his own? In fact, Mutumbo is a better defender on the end than Yao. Although the offense may struggle without Yao, it would struggle even more without McGrady since no one else on the Rockets has any firepower to put enough points on the board.
 

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Tracy McGrady. Yao is certainly valuable, but has yet to play like a superstar.
I agree with this. The absence of either would spell doom for the Rockets, but Mcgrady would still prove more valuable, as he's the better player right now.
 

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Whodinee said:
here are yao's per 48 min stats vs shaq's. just for fun.

Shaq - 31.9 ppg, 14.7, .597 fg%, .463 ft%, 3.4 bpg, 3.8 topg

Yao - 28.5 ppg, 12.9 rpg, .548 fg%, .775 ft%, 2.9 bpg, 3.9 topg

for a soft finesse player who is in many ways still learning to play center in the NBA, his numbers actually hold his own with one of the greatest players to ever walk the earth.

and there is no excuse... none at all for the rockets to lose to the new orleans hornets at home even without yao. how does a 17-54 team beat the fifth best team in the west by shooting 30.6%(!!) from the field?

this is pretty interesting... but unfortunatley if he cant put in more minutes eventualy it's a useless statistic...
 

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im biased to perimeter players so i take TMAC... but he really has been the man this year he is playing excellent
 

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Tmac offensively, without any question. Defensively I'd take Yao. So overall, Tmac, easily.
 

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yao ill b bak to say why later
 
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