Tracy McGrady is newly-minted proof that you don’t need multiple NBA championships or MVP awards to make it to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Like Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson, Hall-of-Famers who were inducted based more on their level of play and impact on the game than on the trophies they took home, McGrady could simply ball. While his career was cut short by a slew of injuries to his shoulder and knees, we can only imagine what he could have done—and the metallic accolades he could have stacked up—had he stayed healthy.
Here’s a glimpse of T-Mac in his prime—namely, when he decimated the San Antonio Spurs back in 2004 with 13 points in just 33 seconds to win the game. Enjoy.
One of my earliest basketball watching memories came 14 years ago, on an afternoon at my grandma’s house in rural Illinois, as 10-year-old me sat in the kitchen watching Tracy McGrady lead his Orlando Magic against the Detroit Pistons in the 2003 Playoffs. I have absolutely no idea why I remember that game so clearly, but I do know that McGrady gave me plenty more moments to remember throughout his career.
Saturday, the seven-time All Star, two-time member of the All-NBA First Team, and two-time scoring champion was rewarded for his impressive career with the news of his selection as a member of the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame class . McGrady will be inducted later this fall, but for now, let’s take a trip down memory lane as we remember some of the finest moments of T-Mac’s career.
13 Points In 35 Seconds
How could I not start with this sequence, arguably the most iconic of McGrady’s career. Along with Reggie Miller’s 8 points in 9 seconds, this stretch by McGrady is one of the most incredible spurts in NBA history.
We have to break this one down further.
So first, before McGrady begins his run, we see Gregg Popovich upset with Manu Ginobili. Look at that shaggy mane of hair on Manu!
So then McGrady hits the first of his triples to make it a five-point game, but the Spurs quickly make two free throws to push it back to seven. Then, McGrady comes back down and gets Tim Duncan of all people up in the air, takes the contact, and converts the four-point play. I’m pretty sure that was this only mistake Duncan ever made in his marvelous career.