Skip to main content

“If you're talkin' bout prime T-mac, hell yeah” -  Tracy McGrady on whether he’d trade being in the Hall of Fame for a championship ring

According to T-Mac, it would depend on where he's at in his career.
March 22, 2008; Houston Rockets superstar Tracy McGrady during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady is one of the best players to ever play in the NBA. He was an offensive monster, averaging over 32 PPG in his best season. This was one of two back-to-back campaigns in which he led the league in scoring. 

McGrady was known for his offensive game, as he wasn't quite as good on the defensive end. That said, he managed to make his way into the All-Star game seven times in his 16-year career. He also won the most improved player in the 2000-01 season after making an 11.4 increase in PPG. 

McGrady's most impressive accomplishment was being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. However, the one accolade that T-Mac unfortunately never got was an NBA championship ring.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

McGrady on the importance of winning a title

McGrady recently went on "The Pivot" podcast and spoke on the importance of winning a championship ring. He was asked whether or not he would trade being in the Hall of Game for a ring.

"Depends on who I am as a player; that means a lot to me. You know what I mean? It depends on who I am as a player. Now, if you're talkin' bout prime T-mac, hell yeah. Because I know if I'm prime T-mac to win the championship, then I'm destined for the hall of fame, you dig. So absolutely, any day," McGrady said.

Not if he's chasing a ring

T-Mac was never on a team that had the talent to go all the way. He was on the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets during his prime, which lasted roughly seven years. While with these teams, he was never able to make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

"But, if you're not gonna surround me to be on the championship team, nah, I want the Hall of Fame, I want the Fall of Fame forever. Because in my prime, you didn't surround me with that, so now I'm chasing at the end? Nah, heck nah," T-Mac added.

It's clear that being the center of a championship team was essential to McGrady. The hosts on the podcast even joked with him about ring-chasing at the end of a player's career. However, winning a meaningless championship wouldn't have been worth it for T-Mac to give up being a Hall of Famer.

Kenny Smith

"They don't value me" - Kenny Smith reveals how he cried after witnessing the abysmal culture of the Sacramento Kings

Kenny Smith details just how miserable the culture of the Sacramento Kings was, having spent 3 years with them

LeBron James & Kevin Durant

He's setting the bar for what an athlete can be, not everyone can do this" - Kevin Durant speaks on LeBron James' legacy and longevity

Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant recently praised Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James for his scoring ability, longevity and lasting NBA legacy

Chris Gatling in action during the 1996 season

"It turned out they were giving me the wrong amount of medication...I could've died" - Chris Gatling on surviving coma and brain surgeries

Unbelievably, Chris Gatling defied the laws of medicine and played in the NBA for more than a decade.


"He better be there" - Jimmy Butler demands Bam Adebayo be named as 2023 All-Star after producing career-best numbers

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler subtly hints at how his teammate, Bam Adebayo deserves to be named an All-Star in the 2022-23 season


"Lakers team is set up on championship or bust" - Kendrick Perkins buries all claims of LeBron James making way into 2023 MVP race

Former NBA Champions Tristan Thompson and Kendrick Perkins stand on parallel ends citing LeBron James’ inclusion in the 2023 MVP race.