After 16 National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons, Tracy L. McGrady, Jr., 34, announced his retirement on ESPN’S “First Take” show Aug. 26.
McGrady has played with seven NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, who played in the NBA Finals this year. Before the 2013 playoffs, McGrady had never made it past the first round of the playoffs. Although McGrady was not very successful in the NBA postseason, his career statistics placed him among the top players in the league.
McGrady was drafted ninth overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic, straight out of Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. Prior to the NBA draft, USA Today named McGrady the “High School Player of the Year.”
With the Magic, McGrady set multiple franchise records. Those records include most points in a game (62), most points in one half (37), most points in one quarter (25) and most three-pointers made in one half (8).
Four years latter, McGrady won his first award, which was the Most Improved player. From there, McGrady was a seven-time all star, two-time scoring champion, and made seven All-NBA teams.
On Dec. 9, 2004, McGrady made history in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. With his team trailing, the Houston Rockets at the time, McGrady scored 13 points in 35 seconds. McGrady hit four straight three-pointers, including a four-point play, to lead his team to an 81-80 win over the Spurs.
McGrady told ESPN’S First Take he is done with the NBA, but the “doors are still open” for playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he played in the 2012-2013 season.
McGrady averaged 19.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.2 spg for his career. After his retirement announcement, McGrady went to Twitter and wrote: “Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments. Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned. #mac.”