On ESPN’s “First Take” 16-year NBA veteran Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the league. However, he did leave the door open for playing in China. “I have a large brand over there,” McGrady said. T-Mac drafted in 1997 by the Toronto Raptors later played with the Orlando Magic from 2000-2004. McGrady suited up for seven different teams while being selected to seven All-Star games and winning two scoring titles in 2003 and 2004.
McGrady was ranked #75 on Slam Magazine’s “Top 75 players of All-Time” in 2003 and his game at times resembled that of George Gervin. T-Macs length and ability to score was second to none, giving defenders all they could handle. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his career. Put that in perspective, Kobe Bryant’s career numbers are 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
McGrady in my mind is only behind Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant as the best pure scorer I’ve seen in the past 15 years. Between 2001-2008, T-Mac played in 35 Playoff games and averaged 29.5 pts, shot 43.2% from the field while grabbing 6.9 rebounds an dishing out 6.5 assists per game. Not to mention he is only one of seven players in NBA history with eight straight seasons of 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.
While T-Mac had what some may say was a solid career, between his lack of success in the post-season and his mountain of injuries his NBA legacy never reached its full potential.