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Tracy McGrady singles out a point guard he always liked to challenge: "It's not too many guys that I played against...and I want to guard"

McGrady admitted that former Sacramento Kings star Jason Williams was probably the only point guard who gave him an exciting match despite their significant differences in height and playing style.
Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

The late Kobe Bryant once said that Tracy McGrady "could do everything he could," but he's about 6-foot-10. It's hard to disagree with Black Mamba as T-Mac really had it all in his bag. He can dunk, he can shoot, he can post-up, and some may not know, he can also challenge backcourts that are smaller and faster than him.

T-Mac loved having a piece of White Chocolate

At one point during his prime years, McGrady was arguably the most skilled scorer in the league. He dominated most of his rivals, but a few select often presented a tough challenge to him.

As a shooting guard/small forward, T-Mac frequently engaged in duels with guys with the same arsenal as him, such as Kobe, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, and Paul Pierce. However, McGrady admitted that former Sacramento Kings star Jason Williams was probably the only point guard who gave him an exciting match despite their significant differences in height and playing style.

According to the seven-time NBA All-Star, he seldom challenged his foes into a 1-on-1 matchup during every other possession. However, Williams was an exception as McGrady knew "White Chocolate" would go and try to embarrass him.

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"It's not too many guys that I played against, and when we switch the pick and roll, and I want to guard," McGrady said of Williams on ESPN's "The Jump." "This dude right here would be something so creative to embarrass you out there."

T-Mac also noted that he began recognizing Williams' game when he saw a young "White Chocolate" easily get past lockdown defender Gary Payton.

"When you made him [Payton] try to trip you… to stop you, you know you for real," he added.

Guarding smaller guys is fun but exhausting

Aside from Williams, McGrady once said that former Philadelphia 76ers superstar Allen Iverson was another more diminutive guard who gave him a few memorable matchups during their prime years.

"The dude never stops running, so I gotta score, and I gotta slow him down," McGrady said of battling Iverson for an entire game. "I was so tired after that game I was the last one in the shower...but he was a joy to compete against."

In basketball, more often than not, you're one step ahead of the game if you are a few inches taller than your defenders. At 6-foot-8, McGrady was able to utilize his height advantage for the better part of his illustrious career. So when T-Mac says shorter players such as Jason Williams and Allen Iverson were a challenge, you better believe it's true.

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