Imagine an NBA player who could score like Michael Jordan, shoot like Kobe, and dunk like Vince Carter. This player would be unstoppable, wouldn’t he? Well, there was such a player, his name is Tracy McGrady. Tracy McGrady, also known as T-Mac, is one of the biggest “what-if” stories of all time, as he was riddled with injuries for most of his career.
During T-Mac’s prime, he averaged 27 points, 5 assists, 1 block, 1.5 steals, and was a terrific shooter. After bouncing between the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets, it seemed as if the NBA had found the next Michael Jordan. Things would only begin to spiral downward in 2007. Both the regular season and playoffs were affected by T-Mac’s injuries to his shoulders and knees. His numbers declined rapidly every year he continued playing in the NBA. He would never return to being the same player he once was. After spending time with multiple teams, he eventually left the NBA in 2012. He then played in China for one year before retiring.
T-Mac would finish his career as a Hall of Famer, a 7x All-Star, 7x All-NBA player, and a 2x scoring champion.
The big question is, What if Tracy Mcgrady never got injured? For one thing, I think he could win something that he desired, such as a championship. Since Tracy McGrady had Yao Ming as his sidekick, they were unstoppable. I think that we could have easily seen Tracy Mcgrady not only retire from the NBA at an older age but also have more years that are spent in his prime.
A hot take about Tracy McGrady is that he could have been seen at the same level as Kobe Bryant. During his prime, T-Mac’s playstyle resembled that of Kobe. The two were excellent scorers, underrated defenders, and helped lead their teams to success. This could mean that T-Mac could have been a top 10 player of all time.
Tragically, we will never see what T-Mac was capable of becoming. What we have left to remember is T-Mac’s delivery of 13 shots in 33 seconds, which is legendary in and of itself.