Today, the NBA saw another star from the early 2000′s walk away from the game. Tracy McGrady announced his retirement early today and the talks of his glory days with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets ensued. Some may remember him for the 13 points in 35 seconds he scored against the San Antonio Spurs to win the game, others may remember when he led Houston to a 22-game win streak in 2007-08. Whatever people remember him for, one thing that most will agree is that he was a great player.
As when all great players retire, the debate of whether T-Mac deserves to be a Hall of Famer has already begun. Those in favor of T-Mac being in the Hall of Fame may reference his 32.1 scoring average in the 2002-03 season, or the two scoring titles he brought home. They may also mention the seven times he was nominated to the All NBA First-Team. They could also talk about how he is just one of seven players in the modern era to post a 30-plus PER (Player Efficiency Rating).
Those who say T-Mac doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame can always point to one glaring blemish on T-Mac’s resume. McGrady failed to make it past the first round in the NBA Playoffs until the last season of his career, where he spent all but a few garbage time minutes on the bench for the San Antonio Spurs. It is an embarrassing stat to have, but i don’t think all the blame can be placed on McGrady. He was apart of a promising team in Orlando, but the teams other great player, Grant Hill, was continuously plagued by injuries. While he was with the Rockets, they looked poised to make a playoff run until Yao Ming suffered foot injuries. He shouldn’t receive all the blame for his team’s early round exits.
McGrady’s career is filled with “What-ifs” and “Could have been’s”, but I am one of those who believe T-Mac should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His statistics and awards certainly showed that, and anyone who ever watched him play could see how easily the game came to him; how he played with a certain flow and confidence. It is for that especially that I believe Tracy McGrady belongs in the Hall of Fame.