In his column on CBS Sportsline
, Tony Mejia writes: "Up until last season, (Yao Ming) had never averaged 10 rebounds. For someone of his size, that's troubling." I don't think that's fair. A franchise player generally puts in about 40 minutes per game. Through his career, Yao has averaged between 29 and 34 minutes per game. Based on his rebounds per minute, Yao would have averaged 11.3, 10.9, 10.9, and 11.9 rebounds per game in his first four seasons.