Tracy McGrady is a hero and a tragic figure at the same time. How is it possible that someone achieve so little with his talent? Had he stayed with cousin Vince Carter in Toronto, maybe everything would have turned out differently? But after the departure to the Magic, he became a superstar and put on almost Kobe numbers. His postseason stats are even better than the regular season.
There was a reason why Kobe Bryant retrospectively said that McGrady was the best player he ever played against. Not Jordan. Not LeBron. Not Pierce. But T-Mac. Fortunately, the memories of the good times and not the last few years outweigh.
Unforgettable is his 62 points against the Wizards, his scoring duel against Dirk (together 103 points!) And his 13 points in 33 seconds against the Spurs in one of the biggest comebacks in NBA history. Still, McGrady did not win a playoff series in his entire career (not considered in 2013). But what prevented T-Mac from putting a ring on its finger?
- Bad luck: superstar teammate Grant Hill only fought injuries in Orlando,
- The Magic Front Office: When Howard arrived, McGrady was traded under value to Houston. By the way, Hill was fit again,
- The wrong teammates: Except for Yao Ming, T-Mac did not have a capable superstar in Houston. He led them to 22 wins in a row
- Injuries: It started with the back, then came the knees. And as it went downhill, attitude and motivation also faded.
- Ray Allen: The corner-three point made in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals finally “destroyed” the chances of McGrady to win the ring with the Spurs.
Unfortunately – and it hurts to write that – it was a disappointing end to an incredibly bitter career.
McGrady once recounted the story of the 1996 Adidas Basketball Camp when he was invited as a Nobody from high school. His jersey with the number 175 had reflected his status there. “Nobody knew who this Tracy McGrady is, but they did have a platform there and I was allowed to play against the best players in the world, and by the end of the tournament I was the nation’s number one – even though I started as number 175,” explained the today 40-year-old.
One year after the camp, in the 1997 draft, T-Mac was drafted ninth by the Toronto Raptors. His early years were difficult, but at the latest with his move to the Orlando Magic, he started to shine. T-Mac became one of the top scorers in the league and won the title of scoring champion in 2003 and 2004. He was also elected to the All-Star Team seven times and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2017.
Finals: 0-1, 7x All-Star, 7x All-NBA Team, 2x Scoring Champion
Best Season: 32.1 Pts, 6.5 Reb, 5.5 Ast, 46% FG%, 39% 3P%, 79% FT, 1.7%, 0.8 Blk, 30.3 PER