Earlier today, Tracy McGrady made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, in which he announced his retirement from the NBA.
After starting last season in China, McGrady made his way to San Antonio to join the Spurs just before the playoffs started, in what turned out to be the last stop on his NBA journey. His time with the Spurs was uneventful as he failed to score in 31 minutes over 6 games.
Drafted 9th overall in the 1997 Draft by the Toronto Raptors, McGrady spent his first three seasons there, playing the last two with his cousin, Vince Carter. From there, McGrady was traded to Orlando, where he put in his best seasons, including an outstanding 2002-2003 campaign in which he averaged 32.1 points per game. He was later traded to Houston, joining up with Yao Ming and the Rockets. Houston was his last meaningful stop, later making forgetful appearances in New York, Detroit and Atlanta before last year with San Antonio.
In his 16 years in the NBA, McGrady was one of the most talented players to step onto a court. He finished with career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, winning two scoring titles and making seven All-Star games along the way.
He often catches flak for his lack of success in the playoffs, but in his defense, McGrady was the best player on every team he played for in his prime. Often effortless looking, McGrady was a gift to watch, and should be a lock for the Hall of Fame.