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"Why can't this guy be my point guard? — Tracy McGrady on his Jason Kidd experience

Tracy McGrady's frustrations with the Orlando Magic were mounting during the time he teamed up with Jason Kidd for Team USA.
Tracy McGrady and Jason Kidd

Tracy McGrady and Jason Kidd

Having a true point guard who can do it all is the envy of many. While Tracy McGrady was blessed with incredible teammates during his NBA career, he never had a teammate like Jason Kidd. This was the question that toyed with his mind after experiencing what it was like to play alongside one of the greatest point guards of all time.

J.Kidd x T.Mac

McGrady recalled his stint donning the USA jersey in 2003. He was teammates with icons like Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, and Ray Allen, among others. There was also Jason Kidd — the primary orchestrator of Larry Brown's offense.

"2003, I left the USA games — I was one of his teammates — I left there, shaking my heading, like, why can't this guy be my point guard? He made the game so easy for us. So easy. I understand Richard Jefferson and Kerry Kittles. I see why y'all do what you do. And Kenyon Martin. He was so smart. He just made it completely... it was effortless for what he had to do on our end," McGrady said.

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Those who witnessed the 2000s New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets play would agree with McGrady's observation. Jefferson, Kittles, and Martin are all good players in their own right. But Kidd certainly gave their career a mighty boost.

Highlight reels show a million J.Kidd-K.Mart alley-oop connections. Jefferson — a smart slasher and a decent jump shooter — got his piece of the pie when Kidd was his point guard. Jefferson averaged a career-high 22.6 points per game in his and Kidd's last season in New Jersey.

McGrady's frustrations

Note that McGrady's Kidd experience occurred in the summer of 2003. Just a few months before, McGrady was crowned scoring champ after averaging 32.1 points per game. However, the Orlando Magic finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and were eliminated in seven games by the Detroit Pistons.

So one could only imagine McGrady's frustrations during that time. Grant Hill, who was poised to form a lethal tandem with T-Mac, played a mere 29 games before sitting out the rest of the season due to an injury.

Playing with Kidd — or at least a healthy All-Star of his caliber — might have been McGrady's fantasies that entire summer and the following season. After one more season in Orlando, McGrady took his talents to Houston, where he teamed up with generational big Yao Ming.

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