Measuring Tracy McGrady’s NBA Legacy: How T-Mac Changed the Game

August 27th, 2013 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

It's a testament to Tracy McGrady's enduring talent as a basketball player that this past spring, toward the end of McGrady's 16th (and, as it happens, final) season as a pro, the San Antonio Spurs had him play the role of LeBron James in practice before and during the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

Even more so that T-Mac's imitation was close enough to the real thing that the Spurs were able to stifle James for much of that series and nearly "steal" the championship as a result.

That ring would've been the first and only one of McGrady's fantastically frustrating career. He officially announced his retirement from the NBA on ESPN's First Take:

And later re-affirmed his decision on Twitter:

Even without the championship capper with the Spurs, the 2013 postseason was the most successful of which McGrady had ever been a part. For the first time, McGrady was an active player on a team that survived the first round of the playoffs.

Granted, "active" is somewhat deceptive here. He tallied all of eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three blocks and two turnovers ...

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