Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/29/13
Tracy McGrady’s NBA career has come to an end. Monday morning McGrady who played for the Detroit Pistons in 2010-11 announced the end of a 16-season NBA career that has taken him from Toronto to Orlando Houston New York Detroit Atlanta and San Antonio. He has one final stop to add to that list: Springfield. By any measure T-Mac is a Hall of Famer. This is true even though injuries cut his prime short. It’s true even though playoff success eluded him and his only taste of the second round let alone the Finals was in his benchwarmer role on this year’s Spurs. His peak years in ability and health were so transcendently great that it would be impossible to justify keeping him out. For starters McGrady led the NBA in scoring two years in a row in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Every single other scoring champion in BAA ABA and NBA history is either already in the Hall of Fame or undoubtedly headed there when they’re eligible. McGrady’s 2002-03 season with the Magic was his apex and it was a season anybody who watched him will never forget. He was capable of going off at any time and scoring from anywhere on the floor while also making plenty of plays for teammates. Measured by Player Efficiency Rating it was the 16th-best season ever for a player who averaged at least 30 minutes a game. He scored 40 or more points 10 times that season including a 52-point performance against the Bulls.
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