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Tracy McGrady shares who are the best 1-on-1 players in the NBA right now

Tracy McGrady makes an argument for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as the best 1-on-1 players in the NBA right now
Tracy McGrady talks about the best 1 on 1 players in the NBA right now

Tracy McGrady was a prolific scorer in his own right back in the day, so he knows what real offensive talent looks like

Tracy McGrady talked about the best 1 on 1 players in the NBA right now and broke down why Kevin Durant is the most versatile scorer in the league today.

While making an appearance on the Club Shay Shay podcast, former NBA player Tracy McGrady talked about the best 1 on 1 players in the league right now. Known as one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history in his own right, it's interesting to hear what someone like McGrady thinks about this topic. 

KD is unique and dynamic

Even though it doesn't sound like a surprising answer, McGrady is going with Kevin Durant as the obvious answer because of his uniqueness and versatility on the offensive end. 

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"I think it's KD. I don't think anybody can mess with KD 1 on 1. He is 7-foot, he can shoot, he can handle, and he is so lethal offensively. The height is what makes him so unique. He is 7 foot, and to be able to shoot the ball and be efficient in that way. Think about it, this man is shooting 50 some percent, and it's mostly jumpers, and that is insane to me. His height is what makes him so unique and dynamic."

If you count out the height that makes Durant such a unique player, McGrady believes Kyrie Irving comes second in the discussion for the best 1 on 1 player in the NBA. Irving has an extensive repertoire of moves that can hurt the defender in front of him. We've seen Kyrie make some pretty remarkable moves on the court while hitting shots that looked impossible. 

"If we are talking about 1 on 1 in terms of height-wise, then it's Kyrie. I am talking about a very deep bag."

Kyrie has a bag of tricks

You can always make an argument for a few other players in the league that belong on this list with Durant and Kyrie. At the end of the day, it all boils down to personal preferences and what type of playing style you prefer to watch. There is no question Kyrie and Durant are incredibly talented offensive players, but a few others are right up there with them in terms of the ability to torch any defense in the league.

Kyrie and Durant are teammates with the Brooklyn Nets, and when you think about it, it's a bit paradoxical that the two best 1 on 1 players, according to McGrady, might lose in the first round of the playoffs. There is no question the Boston Celtics are a great and talented team, but it will be interesting to see if all that talent the dynamic duo of Durant and Kyrie posses will be enough to mount a comeback in this series and help the Nets advance into the next round of playoffs.

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