In the modern era of NBA basketball focused on high volumes of scoring, all the teams have adjusted to its new pace. It has become quicker than ever, with the offense being the main focus and players extremely talented to score in multiple ways. If you want to hang with the big dogs in today’s game, you have to have an explosive offense and firepower, especially from the three-point line.
Early this season, we’ve seen many games go into the 130s or even 140s, which is almost a regular occurrence nowadays. The offensive schemes the teams are running are revamped, allowing everybody to get more touches and opportunities to score.
Former NBA player and two-time scoring champion Tracy McGrady thinks he would also benefit from the league’s current situation regarding individual performance. On ESPN’s The Jump, McGrady shared his opinion on the matter and why he would love playing in the current era.
“I look at some of these high-scoring guys that are shooting a lot more threes than myself or Kobe shot back in the days—averaging probably 10 threes a game.
I’ll average, easily, 35, 40 points a game. Easily. I mean I averaged 32 without even shooting that many threes… and you can’t impede my progress when I’m running?”Tracy McGrady, via ESPN’s The Jump
It is hard to argue his statement because McGrady was one of the most versatile scorers in the 2000’s, an era that wasn’t known for its high-scoring games. He averaged 32.1 points a game during the 2002-03 season as he was able to score with ease until injuries slowed him down.
But what he and a lot of retired players don’t consider is the speed of the players today. The game didn’t speed up by itself; it is the players that are more athletic and faster than ever before. Nevertheless, with his talent, there is no doubt that T-Mac could average those numbers today.