A couple of days ago, Tracy McGrady finally got inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the fact that he got in the very first year he was eligible to be inducted has to tell a lot about the influence and impact T-Mac had in the game during his prime.
You could just ask anybody which players were tougher to guard and McGrady’s name was always going to come up, as he was one of the most skilled and athletic players this league has ever seen, having the ability to posterize you with an explosive dunk or just light it up from beyond the arc with great ease.
For the past couple of decades, T-Mac was a huge influence for thousands of players to lace them up and try to be like him, creating trends with millions of kids copying his haircut and desperate to buy his newest pair of sneakers.
Sadly for him, he was never able to win an NBA Championship, but nobody can take away what he did for the game, how he always carried his teams on his backs and all the time he knocked everybody off their feet with one of those famous backboard dunks.
So, to celebrate his induction to immortality, we’re going to try and rank the best 5 seasons of a guy that left career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists through 14 years, made it to 7 All-Stars, won the Most Improved Player and was also a 2-time scoring champion. Oh, and that scored 13 points in 33 seconds.
5. 2006-07 / Houston Rockets: 24.6 points, 5.3 points, 6.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 43% shooting
Entering his 3rd season as a member of the Houston Rockets, McGrady was going to earn the right to be an All-Star for the 7th consecutive occasion, the last time he’d ever be granted that honor. Averaging over 35 minutes on the floor and a career high 6.5 assists, he started all 71 games he played with the Rockets, leading them to a 52-30 record and losing the Western Conference Finals against Utah in 7 games.
4. 2004-05 / Houston Rockets: 25.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 43% shooting
The Houston Rockets were once again led by Tracy alongside Yao Ming on their way to a 51-31 season, and even though they were also beaten in the Western Conference Finals in 7 games, this time by the Dallas Mavericks, T-Mac’s impact on the floor was undeniable as their primary scorer and one of the most active defenders on the court at age 25.
3. 2000-01 / Orlando Magic: 26.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks 45% shooting
Tracy McGrady had a breakout year during the 00-01 campaign, when he was recently acquired by the Orlando Magic from the Toronto Raptors, having career highs in blocks and improving his ppg average by as much as 11 points, winning the Most Improved Player award that season, playing 40 minutes per game and getting knocked out of the 1st round of the playoffs after a 43-39 record in the regular season.
2. 2003-04 / Orlando Magic 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 41% shooting
After being the league’s scoring champion, Mc-Grady had yet another incredible run with the Orlando Magic, winning the distinction once again thanks to his 28 points per contest, and filling the stat sheet in a lot of different ways, averaging 39 minutes per game and starting all 67 games he played. Nonetheless, this season was pretty much a lost cause from the beginning, as the Magic had a horrid 21-61 record and obviously missed the playoffs.
1. 2002-03 / Orlando Magic: 32.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 45% shooting
And what definitely has to be one of the most impressive seasons any player has ever had has to be McGrady’s best season. This year, he won his first scoring title thanks to his 32 points in over 45% from the floor, also being the team’s leader on defense and one of their primary ball handlers. Of course, anybody can score 32 nowadays, but this was 15 years ago. Sadly, his Magic team got knocked out in the 1st round by the Detroit Pistons, but that was definitely impressive.