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Tracy McGrady Is A Hall Of Famer

This week Tracy McGrady one of the greatest players of his generation and one of the most dominant forces in NBA history announced his retirement.
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His career was cut short due to injuries and he never really got a chance to play in a situation where he was happy, where his skills were being utilized and he was given a fair shot at showing how much he has left in the tank therefore he retired from the game. ” I still have a lot to play and to really give but I can’t allow my self to settle and the last 3 years have mentally ejected me from the game”  McGrady realized he wouldn’t get a role on a team in the NBA that he wanted and at the age of 34 he “happily” retires.

As soon as he made this announcement on ESPN First Take  T-Mac’s legacy became a hot topic, fans and the media discussed weather or not he would one day make it to the Hall Of Fame.

Tracy McGrady is a Hall Of Famer. He isn’t a first ballot Hall Of Famer but he is a Hall Of Famer nonetheless and he should make it to Springfield one day. T-Mac was drafted straight of high school with the 9th overall pick in the 1997 Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He went onto have a 15 year NBA Career in which he played for seven teams, T-Mac was a 7 x NBA All-Star, 7 x All-NBA Selection and 2 x NBA Scoring Champion.  He finished his career with averages of 19.6 ppg, 4.4 apg and 5.6 rpg. McGrady scored 18, 381 career points, grabbed 5276 rebounds and dished out 4161 assists. There are 15 other retired players in the NBA with at least 18,000 career points, 5000 rebounds and 4000 assists and they are all in the Hall Of Fame.

At the peak of his career in about 2002-2004 Tracy McGrady was arguably the best basketball player in the world. He was an explosive athlete, 6-8, 225 lbs with a long wingspan, killer first step and could shoot the lights out. T-Mac was a nightmare for defenders, recently Kobe Bryant said that T-Mac was the player that gave him the most problems in his career. McGrady was one of the best scorers in the NBA, in the 2002-03 season perhaps the best of his career McGrady averaged 32.1 PPG and won his first scoring title, the following season he won another scoring title average 28.0 PPG. McGrady is one of the only 20 players in NBA history to have a 60 point game(61 vs the Wizards in 04).

Tracy McGrady is also one the only 3 players in NBA history with at least 15,000 points, 4,500 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 500 3-pointers in their first 11 seasons. The other two players are Larry Bird and LeBron James.

T-Mac is one of seven players in NBA history to have eight straight seasons of 20 points per game, five rebounds per game and four assists per game. He is in an elite group with Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett and Oscar Robertson.

He was one of the most electrifying players in NBA history, he put on a show every night and had some of the greatest individual performances in NBA history. One of his greatest moments was when he dropped 13 points in 35 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs in 2004. Before injuries took a toll on him McGrady was one of the best players the league had ever seen.

The knock on him will forever be that he couldn’t win, he couldn’t lead a team past the first round but basketball is not a one man sport McGrady never had the talent around him to contend for a championship in his prime, basketball is a team sport and it takes more than just one player to win.

Individual stats and accomplishments are the main determinants when it comes to deciding if a player should go to the Hall Of Fame or not, the basketball Hall Of Fame is the top of the mountain and your entire body of work is rewarded by having a spot in the Hall Of Fame, it is the single greatest accomplishment you can have as a basketball player and Tracy McGrady deserve to be there!

There are only a handful of guys in the Hall of Fame that could go head to head with Tracy McGrady in his prime years and come out on the winning end, he was that good! Tracy McGrady has the numbers, has seven All-Star and All-NBA selections along with two scoring titles, a lot of guys that didn’t have these things made the Hall Of Fame. He may not be a first ballot Hall Of Famer, he will definitely have to wait before he gets there but Tracy McGrady is one of the greatest players of his generation who had an amazing career and will one day achieve the greatest honor in basketball and that is to be enshrined into the basketball Hall Of Fame.

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    February 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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