|Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr.
|Date of Birth
|May 24, 1979
|6 ft 8 in
Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. is an American retired basketball player who professionally played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Playing at both the shooting guard and the small forward position, McGrady was a 7-Time NBA All-Star, 7-time All-NBA selection, 2-Time NBA scoring champion, and 1-Time winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
McGrady played his high school basketball at Auburndale, Florida. He entered the NBA straight out of high school and was drafted as the 9th overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. In the 2000 off-season, McGrady signed a six-year, $67.5 million contract with the Orlando Magic. McGrady defied the expectations of many and emerged as one of the best players in the NBA in the 2000-01 season. Behind averages of 26.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, McGrady was voted the league's Most Improved Player and an All-Star.
In the 2003-2004 season, McGrady won his first scoring title, averaging 32.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. He won his second scoring title in the 2003-2004 season, averaging 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. Late into the season, he scored a career-high 62 points in a win against the Washington Wizards. In 2004, McGrady signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
In the 2004-2005 season, McGrady had one of the most memorable performances of his career in a comeback victory against the San Antonio Spurs. He scored 13 points in a 35-second sequence which included four consecutive three-pointers, one of which was a four-point play and the last one a game-winner with just 2 seconds left. During the final years of his career, McGrady was plagued with a series of injuries that affected his speed and explosiveness.
In 2010, McGrady was traded to the New York Knicks as part of a three-team deal. For the 2010-11 season, he signed with the Detroit Pistons. In 2011-12, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks. McGrady retired in 2013 following a brief stint with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the San Antonio Spurs. McGrady was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2017.