It was announced on Saturday that the two-time scoring champion, Tracy McGrady, would be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Even though he was never able to capture a NBA title, this achievement is still very well-earned by T-Mac. He was drafted straight out of high school, only to become one of the greatest players of all-time.
The seven-time All-Star was drafted by the Toronto Raptors as the 9th pick in the first round and he made his NBA debut on October 31, 1997. He would play his first three seasons in Toronto, averaging eleven points per game, five rebounds per game and two assists per game. After getting swept 3-0 by the New York Knicks in the 2000 NBA Playoffs, McGrady became a free-agent and decided to sign a six-year deal with the Orlando Magic. Even though he only played in Orlando for four seasons before being traded to Houston, he averaged 28 points per game, seven rebounds per game and five assists per game. His performance on the court was so good that he eventually earned his first All-Star appearance in 2001 and played in every All-Star game up until 2007. He also made it to the NBA Playoffs three times while playing for the Orlando Magic, only to get defeated in the first round of each appearance. While playing with his new team, Houston Rockets, he would average 22 points per game, five rebounds per game and five assists per game. He would help take the Rockets to three Playoff appearances, only to lose in the first round of each appearance.
In 2010, McGrady would be traded to the New York Knicks, where he averaged nine points per game, three rebounds per game and three assists per game. He then played for the Detroit Pistons, where he averaged eight points per game, three rebounds per game and three assists per game. After spending one season in Detroit, he would go to Atlanta to play for the Hawks, where he averaged five points per game, three rebounds per game and two assists per game. He would go to the Playoffs with his new team, only to get beat in the first round. After this season in Atlanta, he would be able to sign with the San Antonio Spurs in time to qualify for their new roster, where he would make it to the NBA Finals for his first time in his career, only to lose to the Miami Heat. After that, he would announce his retirement to the world in 2013.
Tracy McGrady’s tough style of play is what made him one of the greatest players of that time. Not only is he a seven-time All-Star and a two-time scoring champion, he also made it on the All-NBA First Team twice, All-NBA Second Team three times, and All-NBA Third Team two times. He ended his career with a total of 18,381 points, 5,276 rebounds and 4,161 assists. Tracy McGrady definitely deserves to be elected into the Hall of Fame.