Player Profile: Li Yueru (LA Sparks)

Li Yueru is a towering Chinese center currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA. Known for her impressive height and dominating presence in the paint, she has made a significant impact both domestically and internationally.

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Li Yueru’s Early Career

Li began her basketball career in China, where she quickly distinguished herself as one of the country’s most promising talents. She played for the Guangdong Dolphins in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA), showcasing her abilities as a dominant center with a strong offensive game and formidable defensive presence.

Li Yueru’s International Experience for China Basketball

Li Yueru has been a key player for the Chinese national team. She has represented China in numerous international competitions, including the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and the Summer Olympics. Her international experience has helped her develop a well-rounded game, combining her size and strength with a soft touch around the basket.

Li Yueru’s WNBA Career

Li was selected by the Atlanta Dream in the third round of the 2019 WNBA Draft but did not join the team immediately. Instead, she continued her development in China before joining the Chicago Sky in 2022. During her time with the Sky, she contributed off the bench, providing size and scoring ability. In 2023, she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks, where she continues to be a valuable asset as a backup center.

Li Yueru’s Playing Style

Li Yueru is known for her low-post scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking. Her size allows her to establish strong positioning inside, and she possesses a soft shooting touch, which makes her a threat from mid-range as well. Defensively, her shot-blocking and rebounding skills make her a key presence in the paint.

Achievements:

  • WCBA Champion: Li won multiple WCBA titles with the Guangdong Dolphins.
  • Asian Games Gold Medalist: She helped the Chinese national team secure the gold medal at the Asian Games.
  • Olympian: Li represented China at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.