Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas made a guest appearance on the Fubo Sports podcast, where he touched upon the greatness of Tracy McGrady. When it comes to some of the best pure scorers, McGrady’s name often comes up in these conversations, and there was a stretch of a few years when he was considered one of the best players in the NBA. Arenas had the opportunity to face McGrady on multiple occasions, which enabled him to fully understand how great a player McGrady was, especially in his prime.
Arenas specifically remember the game when McGrady scored his career-high 62 points against the Wizards. Despite the fact, Arenas dropped 40 that game; it wasn’t enough to secure a win against the Magic and McGrady, who had a remarkable performance that night. In that game, Arenas saw firsthand what made McGrady so efficient and pretty much unstoppable when he got into his spots.
T-Mac was an excellent shooter, and he was very athletic. Mac was great at creating his shot and elevating. I remember the day when he got 62, and I think he missed 10 or 12 free throws that game. We put on our four men on him; we put our five-man on him; he was shooting all over them. It was unbelievable, this dude is crazy.Gilbert Arenas, via Fubo Sports
One of the things that separated McGrady from the rest was his shooting ability and quick release against pretty much every defender. Standing at 6’8″ while having incredible leaping ability on top of his remarkable shooting were the two main factors behind McGrady’s dominance in the NBA.
Just like Kawhi, these guys are amazing shooters to start off with. The athleticism of T-Mac was secondary to his shooting ability. So when he decided to raise up and shot, it was butter. It wasn’t just the athletics, but for the most part, if you gave him an inch of space, it was light time.Gilbert Arenas, via Fubo Sports
Unfortunately, McGrady was one of those great players struck by several injuries that cut his career shorter than anyone initially anticipated. However, NBA fans that during those years had the opportunity to see McGrady in action, and for a few years, he was able to drop 30 points with ease on pretty much any team in the league.