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Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  97 responses

Tracy McGrady Retires from the NBA (VIDEO)


by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

One of the most lethal scorers in NBA history has decided to walk away from the game — Tracy McGrady announced his retirement this morning. McGrady led the League in scoring twice, and finishes his 16-year career with averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He played for seven NBA teams.

Picked straight out of high school by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA Draft, McGrady was named an All-Star 7 times, and made the All-NBA team on seven occasions.

Though his NBA days are over, T-Mac left the window open to possibly continuing his playing career in China.

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  • ai83

    Thanks for making me enjoy so many years, you will be one of the greatest ever in the game,I keep yours great presentations, THK

  • LLC#12

    I feel he could have still helped some teams somewhat. Shame, such a dominant scorer earlier in his career. Here’s one of my favourite T-mac memories, for anyone who wants to enjoy it…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-8FksMVAdU

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    One of everybody’s favorite T-Mac memories. :)

  • spit hot fiyah

    considering that t-mac gave the spurs absolutely nothing, and tat they were sooooo close to winning it all, i think that they really regret letting jax go

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Sergio

    One of everybody’s favorite memories.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    First, Iverson…now T-Mac. My childhood favorite players are leaving. If only Grant Hill had been healthy in Orlando…

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    That dunk on Shawn Bradley in the playoffs and his reaction after it…Special.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    Man, Hill, Iverson, Kidd, and TMac all gone. Crazy. All will be hall of famers one day. Although, Hill and TMac will take a long time.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    One of my favorite dunks of all time. Can’t remember another moment besides that playoff dunk and when he scored 13 points in the final minute against the Spurs, when he showed that much emotion.

  • Anthony

    Darn you father time….Darn you!

  • bike

    Seemed like just yesterday he was a rook right out of HS and the chatter was he might be a bust. And then, in the blink of an eye, he became an All-Star.

  • Feez_22

    When t-mac was in his prime, man… he was an awesome player to watch. Even in his early houston years pre-injury, he was amazing. Injuries and possibly a lack of dedication (he was known as not being a practice player) derailed his career but a prime t-mac was just amazing to me.

    Good thing is that t-mac is still into philanthropy and the betterment of the community so this isn’t the last we will hear about tracy. Good luck, man!

  • Smits#45

    Considering he didn’t bring much to the table these past few years he still holds a pretty decent career average of ppg. Even though I’ve never been a big fan of T-Mac it’s still sad to see another NBA great go.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Really hard. In my attempt to break it down i simply ranked each players season in the following stats, ppg, apg, rpg, fg%, PER, Wins shared, Effective fg%, and true shooting %(ofc there were other stats there liek usage %, rebounding %, assist %, steal %, block %, but that wud have been more than i wud have personally been willing to put the time into, anyone that wants to add to it by ranking those are more than welcome to). What i found interesting was that the top 2 point scorers (Kobe and Iverson) found themselves as the bottom two many of the other rankings, where as the last 2 point scorers (Wade and Durant) actually fair much better in the other statistics. My findings go as follows:

    PPG:
    1.Kobe
    2.A.I
    3.T-Mac
    4.LeBron
    5.Wade
    6.Durant

    APG:
    1.Wade
    2.A.I
    3.LeBron
    4.T-Mac
    5.Kobe
    6.Durant

    RPG:
    1.Durant
    2.LeBron
    3.T-Mac
    4.Kobe
    5.Wade
    6.A.I

    FG%:
    1.Wade
    2.LeBron
    3.Durant
    4.T-Mac
    5.Kobe
    6.A.I

    PER:
    1.Wade
    2.T-Mac
    3.LeBron
    4.Kobe
    5.Durant
    6.A.I

    Wins Shared:
    1.LeBron
    Tied 2 &3: T-Mac/Durant
    4.Kobe
    5.Wade
    6.A.I

    Effective FG%
    1.Wade
    2.LeBron
    3.Durant
    4.T-Mac
    5.Kobe
    6.A.I

    True Shooting %
    1. Durant
    2.Wade
    3.LeBron
    4.T-Mac
    5.Kobe
    6.A.I

    Conclusions are hard to make of this, i think one thing thats missing if u wanna rank them is their teams records. Although Wade stands out statistically, leading in assists, fg%, PER, effective fg%, and 2nd in true shooting %, we all remember he did it on one of the worst teams ever. A.I on the other hand, u look at all the stats that have to do with efficiency, and he’s either at the bottom or near the bottom, but he did it on a good team that made it to the finals, his numbers(for the most part, and admittedly on a weak east crop) lead to wins for his teams.

    Anyways, this might help in ranking em, have at it. i still gotta study my findings before i rank em overall.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Iverson’s numbers are from 2005-06. I just took the best 6 scoring seasons of the last decade.

  • Saleem Rainman

    ahh, i thought that was from the 01 season. Well that vetoes my last paragraph about Iverson, cuz that team won just 38 games and barely missed the playoffs, but the point still stands about Wade i guess.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah definitely. i just didn’t want you putting too much thought into the Iverson thing if you are really contemplating all these seasons (which i do appreciate).

  • patrick

    why don’t the Lakers make him an offer for $1m for 1 year? Tmac and Bean on 1 team

  • Dfrance

    One of m favorite NBA memories, lets not sell this short!

  • i_ball

    I think that Wade’s 08-09 season is the best out of the list. In my mind he deserved to get DPOY that year. He’s offensive stats get a boost because of the shitty team but for a guard to have such defensive stats is just unreal.

    So the ranking would be:
    1. Wade
    2. T-Mac (just looking at the numbers, I don’t remember how he’s team did)
    3. LeBron
    4. Kobe
    5. Durant
    6. Iverson

    After I wrote this I saw that this is the PER ranking, so that just proves how good advanced stats are…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i can respect that reasoning. although, Dwyane Wade definitely did not deserve DPOY that year. Dwight was unreal. lol

  • KingBenjamin

    Despite all the injuries, still a hall of famer in my opinion.

  • KingBenjamin

    T-Mac gave them nothing because they didn’t let him, pretty sad if you ask me, they signed one of the greatest players of his generation to just sit the bench and ride along for the title, if I were T-Mac that would have been a slap in the face to me.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    One of my favs during his prime.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Tmac is my favorite players ever behind 23 & stockton/malone, but NO WAY TMac makes the hall of fame….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes he does. it’s not, “if”, it’s “when”

  • ctk

    Was KD before KD …one of the BIGGEST what if guys n league history

  • Saleem Rainman

    just for curiosity’s sake, which of the above stats(points, win shares, PER, etc) do u think best respresent who had the better season, typically ?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    One of my fav T-Mac memories. Post Shaq days. T-Mac iso’s on Kobe at the top of the key. Dribbles right, turns and shoulder shakes. Kobe thinks he’s going to turn and shoot over his right shoulder and jumps that way. T-Mac goes left shoulder and drains it. Next trip down, Kobe snaps at Smush (Yes, The Immortal Smush!) to get him the ball. Goes baseline and dunks on the entire Magic frontline. Everyone’s fav hippie goes, “Kobe Bryant, no regard for human life, dunks on the entire state of Florida.” Or sumn corny like that.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    no way, they might as well sign up Arenas and Joe Johnson for the Hall too…and the outside chance he does, it just confirms the BBall HOF is the easiest to get into……

  • LP @ThisisEther

    1.The 13 points,
    2. the ‘not that one, Mr. mcgrady’, and
    3. the Knicks debut….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    from an offensive standpoint, PER. My twitter friend Andrew Lynch from ESPN explained PER best, (imo) > “RT @AndrewLynch:
    @ChuckShots To me, PER is a number that tells you the rough offensive value of a player, including his defensive contributions…”
    .
    In terms of overall season, i don’t think any 1 stat does the best job. Honestly.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is just ignorant.

    .

    McGrady had a way way way better career than either of those two guys even approached. He’s the 2000′s version of Bernard King dude.

    .

    Look at this,

    .

    RT ‏@ChuckShots:
    Here are the 2 other HOF players that McGrady most closely reminds me of…. http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&p1=mcgratr01&y1=2012&p2=kingbe01&y2=1993&p3=wilkido01&y3=1999
    .
    Yes, McGrady is a HOF’er

  • LP @ThisisEther

    i’ve clicked your link ….wow, mcgrady doesn’t even have 20,000 points… whose case are you making, mine or yours???

    cmon, i love Tmac but … When you think Tmac, you think “injury, injury, injury, 13 points, sub-kobe (minus ~2 years), never made 2nd round (minus spurs), knicks, hawks, detroit, spurs, retire…..”

    Doesn’t pass the HOF “eye test” and def have the 20,000 point scorer label…. and look at these career numbers….19ish 5ish 4ish…? joe johnson-ish…..

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Tmac didn’t sustain that greatness for long enough..unfortunately…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    T-Mac played in more minutes than Beenard King. Had 22 more win shares. And a career PER higher than both. His “success” was technically more significant than King.
    .
    McGrady is also the only player other than Michael Jordan to have a season of 32ppg 6rpg 5 app in league history. There was a stretch where the 2nd greatest SG ever was winning multiple titles and arguably not the best SG in the league at the time. McGrady’s prime was so strong, it’s not a question if he gets in the hall. It’s when.

  • RayJr

    Not if you’re a Spurs fan. My friend still fumes over this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    are you really this clueless?

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/hof_prob.html

    Look, McGrady is number 17 in probability among “active” players….

    McGrady is number 100 EVER….among ALL players.

    .

    100, EVER. look at all of the Hall of Famers BELOW him…..

    .

    He’s a hall of famer.

    .

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/about/hof_prob.html

    .
    it really, seriously, is not a question of “if”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and the 20,000 point thing holds up for exactly….nothing..

    .

    .

    the other 15 retired players with at least 18,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists are ALL in the Hall.

    .

    .

    Of player’s who led the league in scoring, exactly one Max Zaslofsky, zero isn’t aren’t in the Hall of Fame.

    .

  • underdog

    I just love this. This ish would be impressive on HS level. But Mac pulled it off in the big L. Epic. Plus, I just would have loved to be in that Spurs locker room after this. Pop must have told his players some hilarious things.

  • Caboose

    1. Was Joe Johnson ever the best SG in the league? No.
    2. Did Joe Johnson ever average 30 ppg? No.
    3. Did Gilbert Arenas’ prime last 7 seasons? No.
    4. Has anyone not named Yao or Marbury spread basketball to China as much as McGrady? No.
    5. Has there been a shooting guard not named Kobe or Jordan to have a statistically better season than TMac in the last 25 years? No.
    6. Are there players with far less than 20k points in the Hall? Yes.
    7. Is Reggie Miller in the Hall? Yes? Ok TMac is in.

  • EJ

    Is that on youtube? I can’t find it.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    what does reggie miller have to do with any of this?????

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Caboose has an irrational hate of Reggie Miller…..that’s about it really.

  • RedDragon10

    I think he’ll get in but it’ll take more time than the “typical” HOF player.

  • RedDragon10

    I believe KD himself called T-mac his favorite player growing up and modeled his game after him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    RT @NBAHistory
    T-Mac, LBJ & Larry Bird are the only players in history w/ 15,000 Pts, 4,500 Reb, 3,500 Ast & 500 3-pt FG in 1st 11 seasons @EliasSports

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Ok ok ok…ive read some articles and i seem to be in the minority….

    so he has a good chance… it’ll take 17 years tho…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that i do not doubt. if he’s not in by 2030 i’ll be shocked. but not before then. even said so on twitter, haha.

  • Caboose

    McGrady >> Miller. Miller is in the Hall. Therefore, McGrady should be in the Hall. Transitive property.

  • i_ball
  • Nathan Shane Long

    Mcgrady during his Orlando days was the NBA best shooting guard the most explosive scorer and athlete in the league early 2000′s

  • MACARONI

    congratulations T-mac. Loved watching him play on the rockets one of my favorite players of all time.

  • Conor

    Are you joking? The only way McGrady doesn’t make the Hall is if they elect to subject him to some strange pseudo-blackball like they did with Tex Winter.

  • Saleem Rainman

    always goes back to reggie with u in any HOF talk lol. come on mayne, reggie fans wud have a bone to pick with you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Thanks for the dime I_ball.

  • idk

    I know this article is about T-Mac, but this video reminds me just how unlucky the Spurs have been in the playoffs over the years.

    1.This video
    2. Derek Fisher 0.4 seconds
    3. Bosh rebound/Ray Allen 3
    4. etc.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Most explosive athlete during the early 2000′s? Ever heard of his cousin, Vince Carter?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    He was better than Vince and he hated being in his Shadow in Toronto everyone knows that TROLL

  • Madruggs

    Alot of people have championships. But only 1 person has 13 points in 33 seconds.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    He was more athletic than Vince Carter? LOL.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    you think carter was more athletic based off of the 2000 slam dunk contest?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Or how about the countless ridiculous dunks during actual games? Were you not around from 1999-2007 or what?

  • Sergio

    The game when T Mac scored 13 pts in 35 seconds was in the regular season, not playoffs.

  • meloman22

    Tmac was arguably better…. but as an athlete? HECK NO

  • Nathan Shane Long

    what you mean boy the olympics dunk in 2000 over the 7 foot stiff or when he dunk all over washed up Alonzo Mourning

  • Slick Ric

    He said Vince Carter and he wanted to play for the raptors because of Vince.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    T-Mac was obviously a better basketball player. No dispute there. But this dude really said he was also the most explosive athlete in the early 2000s. He seems to be minimizing VC jumping clear over a 7 foot man and dunking. Or him catching a pretty strong Alonzo Mourning in the air and dunking on him sideways. He seems to not have been around when Carter was at UNC or the other acrobatic dunks he pulled off in Toronto/New Jersey.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Yeah, you’re out of your mind. How many 7 footers did T-Mac jump over? He dunked on Shawn Bradley viciously, but he didn’t jump over him. Vince jumped over a 7 foot man. But keep trying to downplay it if you’d like.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    it did not happen in the NBA which makes it meaningless quite frankly while Mcgrady when he smashed Bradley it was in the playoffs which made it extra special along with the dunk he did against the Pistons in the 03′ playoffs on Okur and his iconic all-star game dunk which stole the show i don’t think Carter had any spectacular dunks in the playoffs

  • Evan Boland

    Carter WAS more athletic.

  • Evan Boland

    It didn’t happen in the NBA so it’s meaningless? lol okay buddy, we’re talking athleticism not play.

  • Evan Boland

    Malone is also a pedo and a rapist.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    McGrady in prime was more exciting than Lebron.
    I didn’t say better

  • Interdico Scriptor

    @Nbk. Why so quiet? is there another website where you posit your off season thoughts other than SLAM?

  • Ugh

    That’s because Caboose was drinking Tony G’s Kool-Aid back in the day. I bet he hates Rodman, too.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    The Olympics are meaningless? Hilarious.

  • Max

    One of the many players in the early 2000′s that really got me into balling.

  • Max
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This has to be sarcasm

  • Mariano

    I get your point, but I wouldn’t call winning 4 championships and having 5 finals appearances in the last 15 years “unlucky”

  • Saleem Rainman

    Damn, ur an idiot lol.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    PLEASE Youtube “vince Carter Rookie year”

  • The Seed

    Good career, not great, because he was not a leader of men. I remember Orlando being up 3-1 on Detroit and he go talking and lose. I remember those Rocket teams losing to inferior teams. Some of yall are overrating T-Mac on here, but I understand he just quit NBA, but left China open and Spurs played him, into a bench warmer.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Greatest TMac moment was the Allyoop to himself ASG 02. Lept out of my seat after I watched it (tape delay Grandparents Anniversary) all my boys could talk about before i put in the tape was you gotta check ‘Head’s dunk in the 2nd quater. gonna miss him

  • grgeblck

    Are you really The Seed?

  • grgeblck

    Jason williams in prime was more exciting than Duncan.

    I didn’t say better.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Found this f*cking awesome video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r_cg7bNkjk

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  • The Seed

    WHY?

  • derrick

    T-MAC career tribute, you gotta CHECK IT OUT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0lFHcB0g5w

  • Interdico Scriptor

    No. I’m not v subtle. If I can call u out, I do. Sarcasm is cheap, and reeks of effort.
    At ease soldier.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    How did u do that?
    track changes?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I don’t quite understand the question?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I mean I think I post here a ton lol that’s why I said that

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