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Tracy McGrady Retires

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

T-Mac calls it a career after 15 highlight-filled years. Let’s look back at some of his best moments.

Tracy McGrady Retires

When I was a basketball-playing youth, I had to have the Adidas T-Mac III basketball shoes. Those shoes were the first (and probably only) sneakers that I ever coveted. I didn't care that the ankle support wasn't great. I just wanted those black and blue shoes on my feet because they would instantly make me better. I didn't get better, but I sure as hell looked fly in those shoes. 

I definitely didn't look as good as awesome as Tracy McGrady did in them, but then again, no one did. That's why it's a little sad that today, McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA. McGrady played 15 seasons for seven different teams, most notably with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. His career line looks like this: 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He was a career 43% shooter from the field. But those numbers don't begin to capture how dominant McGrady was during the prime of his career.

McGrady started to establish himself with the Raptors playing alongside his cousin, Vince Carter. Then he bolted for a big free agent contract with the Magic where he truly blossomed. During his four years in Orlando, McGrady never averaged fewer than 25 PPG and led the league in scoring back-to-back years at 32.1 in 02/03 and 28.0 in 03/04. After that he went to Houston, but injuries began to break him down along with teammate Yao Ming. He spent his final years playing for a few different teams (including half a season in New York with the Knicks) and now has decided to call it quits.

McGrady was such an effortless scorer. That was probably a gift and a curse for him, because despite the prolific numbers he put up, people always wanted more. He made seven straight All-Star games and was among the most gifted scorers in the league, but it never was enough. Sure he had difficulties in the playoffs. But this is one of the great players of the 2000s, someone that made basketball beautiful to watch. It was great watching McGrady during those 15 seasons, and it will be sad to see him leave the game. Let's take a look at some of his finest moments below:

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