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Tracy McGrady brings a fresh perspective on the never-ending GOAT debate: "I want to find out who's the best one-on-one player in the world."

In a recent interview Tracy McGrady shared his thoughts about the GOAT and what makes a player get mentioned in this conversation
Tracy McGrady brings an interesting opinion on the GOAT debate

For McGrady the question about the best player on the planet comes from the differentiation between the team basketball and individual aspect and skillset

One of the best players in his generation, Tracy McGrady, made a guest appearance on the Ones Basketball League podcast, where he briefly talked about the never-ending GOAT debate. For McGrady, who started his own one-on-one league, the question about the best player on the planet comes from the differentiation between the team basketball and individual aspect and skillset. 

Fresh perspective on the GOAT debate

He made an interesting argument about how he views LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant as the leading candidates for the GOAT in the NBA. It would be hard to pick and choose between these legends simply because of their remarkable achievements and the fact they were the best players in their respective eras.

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However, when it comes to the GOAT debate, McGrady believes there is a difference in how he views basketball players as great one-on-one players and those that blossom in an organized game between two teams. That is one of the main reasons he established his own league because he wanted to find out who was the best one-on-one player on the planet. 

"We talk about who is the GOAT of basketball. It's MJ, LeBron, and I always have to throw in Kobe in there. But that is in a five-on-five setting. So if you say in today's game who is the best player in today's game, I don't know who you would say, but I bet he probably wouldn't be the best one on one player. I want to find out who's the best one-on-one player in the world." 

The GOAT debate is all about the personal preferences

McGrady's reasoning makes sense when you think about it, especially when you compare the three players he mentioned as potential GOATs. Jordan and Kobe were incredibly similar and thrived in one-on-one situations where they were absolutely unstoppable. LeBron is a different player, and even though he can take over games, and it was tough to stop him when he was younger, he plays differently in a sense where he involves others more and really showcases all of his talents in five-on-five situations. 

McGrady's thoughts on these legends that are his potential GOATs are pretty much the same names most fans have when engaging in this never-ending debate. At the end of the day, it's all about personal preferences, but it's good to hear a fresh perspective on this topic from another legend of the game. 

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