A Look Back at Tracy McGrady's Career
On Monday morning, Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on ESPN First Take. While he left the door open for future opportunities overseas, his time in the NBA has come to an end. So today we look back at McGrady's career and highlight some of the best numbers over the past 16 years.
In 2002-03, not only did McGrady post a career-best scoring average, he also posted the highest effective field goal percentage of his career (50.5%), his highest usage rate (35.0%), his highest PIE rating (19.2%) and his highest PER (30.3). He also posted the third highest assist percentage (28.2%) of his career, leading the Magic in assists at 5.5 per game.
In the last 16 years only Kobe Bryant (35.4) and Allen Iverson (33.0) averaged more points in a single season than Tracy McGrady's 32.1 average in 2002-03. Bryant and Iverson's performances both came in the 2005-06 season when Bryant bested Iverson for the scoring title.
In 2003-04, McGrady won his second straight scoring title -- besting Peja Stojakovic by 3.8 points per game. That is the highest margin between scoring champ and runner up in the last 10 years.
|Year||Scoring Champ||PPG||Runner Up||PPG||Margin|
|2002-03||Tracy McGrady||32.1||Kobe Bryant||30.0||2.1|
|2003-04||Tracy McGrady||28.0||Peja Stojakovic||24.2||3.8|
|2004-05||Allen Iverson||30.7||Kobe Bryant||27.6||3.1|
|2005-06||Kobe Bryant||35.4||Allen Iverson||33.0||2.4|
|2006-07||Kobe Bryant||31.6||Carmelo Anthony||28.9||2.7|
|2007-08||LeBron James||30.0||Kobe Bryant||28.3||1.7|
|2008-09||Dwyane Wade||30.2||LeBron James||28.4||1.8|
|2009-10||Kevin Durant||30.1||LeBron James||29.7||0.4|
|2010-11||Kevin Durant||27.7||LeBron James||26.7||1.0|
|2011-12||Kevin Durant||28.0||Kobe Bryant||27.9||0.1|
|2012-13||Carmelo Anthony||28.7||Kevin Durant||28.1||0.6|
McGrady averaged 17.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds in his seven All-Star Games. Among McGrady's All-Star highlights are his off-the-backboard pass to himself for a dunk during the 2002 All-Star Game in Philadelphia, and his game-high 36 points in front of the Houston fans during the 2006 All-Star Game.
McGrady scored 13 points in the final 35 seconds of the game, hitting four consecutive 3-pointers (one of which was part of a four-point play), as well as a steal and the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to seal the improbable 81-80 win for the Rockets.
McGrady led the team in scoring (22.1 points) and also averaged 6.2 assists (second on team), and 5.3 rebounds during the winning streak. He also led the team with a +12.1 plus/minus over the 22-game stretch.
McGrady's Top Games (Points)
McGrady scored 50+ points four times in his career (all with Orlando) and twice against the Washington Wizards.
McGrady scored 40+ points 45 times in his career (and four more in the playoffs). McGrady's career playoff-high of 46 points came in a loss to the Detroit Pistons on April 23, 2003.
McGrady's Top Games (Rebounds)
McGrady's Top Games (Assists)
McGrady's Top Games (Blocks)
McGrady's Top Games (Steals)
From 2000-2005, no player in the NBA scored as many as McGrady's 10,301 points. McGrady is the only player to eclipse 10,000 points in that time. T-Mac averaged 27.6 points during those five seasons; only Allen Iverson averaged more (29.5) during that time.