Remember Tracy McGrady? The two-time NBA Scoring Champion, and 7 time All-Star will headline this years 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class which was announced on Saturday. McGrady hasn’t been in any sports headlines in a while. He was very dominant in Orlando and Houston before his effectiveness was reduced due to injury. T-Mac is the youngest member of the class at the age of 37, and for those of you who are too young, or maybe just forgot about him, here’s 3 things to remind you of how good he really was.
Tracy McGrady was drafted straight out of high school, which meant that no one really knew what to expect from him. Often drafting a player out of high school leads to very mixed results. The Raptors never really gave him any minutes until it was too late. He would leave after his 3rd year in Canada to join Grant Hill in Orlando. Hill would only play 4 games that season due to injury, but McGrady would do his best to fill his absence. He averaged 26 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 bpg, and 1.5 spg; all of this at just 21 years of age. Over the next 6 seasons McGrady would dominate, putting up numbers similar to Kobe.
Tracy McGrady 2000-2007: 27.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.4 apg in 491 games
Kobe Bryant 2000-2007: 28.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.3 apg in 518 games
2. T-Mac vs. the Wizards
Tracy McGrady loved playing the Wizards. Of his 4 career games with 50 or more points, 2 of them were against the Wizards, including his 62 point game in 2004. He also had his first 50 point game against Washington, and a 49 point game as well.
McGrady is one of 23 players to score 60 or more points in a game, putting him in a class of elite players such as Kobe, Wilt, M.J., LeBron, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, ect.
He went 20-37 from the field while adding 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Here’s the highlights from that game:
1. 13 Points in 35 Seconds
If any moment in McGrady’s career demonstrates how explosive he could be, it’s this. Facing the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets found themselves down 68-76 with 35 seconds left. Game over, right?
Tracy McGrady would hit 4 three pointers including a 4 point play, and the game winner in just 35 seconds. He finished with 33 points, and etched himself into NBA history with one of the most unforgettable performances of all-time.