- 07/05/2012, 02:25PM ET
J-Business said 07/05, 02:25 PM
Tracy McGrady had a good career but it will always be defined by what he didn't do
He never had playoff success
He never led his team to great records
And he never won an NBA title
Wait, let me add to that. He never even came close to sniffing a title
McGrady also has never played 82 games in a season and always been injured with one problem or another
But these won't be the only issues that keep McGrady out
McGrady will be eligible for the HOF presumably around the same time as players like Garnett, Duncan, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson and Grant Hill. All guys drafted within a year or two of McGrady but all with much more success and decent numbers
This is important because as the yrs go on, and more players are placed in the HOF, the selection committee will become more selective and have to leave off guys like McGrady who put up decent numbers but never won anything
Tracy McGrady, decent player, popular but not a Hall of Famer
DO_WORK_SON said 07/05, 11:04 PM
Do you not remember seeing him dunk over Shawn Bradley?
Plus, he's a 7-time All-Star...
...AND 2-time scoring champion.
He's a lock.
J-Business said 07/06, 02:51 PM
While it may be true that he's been to numerous all star games, this had more to do with his popularity (sneakers and video games) then to do with his being an all time great player
T-Mac actually had the skill level of a Lebron James along with his size but he never rose to the challenge and always found a way to lose
I usually don't address the comment section in my argument but for those who say that this is an easy win attempt, please grow up and get a life
If not for the past few years in which T-Mac basically has become a free agent hired gun, he's had a very good career
In fact, I'd say that he had a better career than Paul Pierce up until the point in which Garnett and Ray Allen joined him
Point being, it would be quite disrespectful to suggest that McGrady has no business in the HOF discussion because he was a pretty good player during his best days
DO_WORK_SON said 07/06, 07:54 PM
Obviously, the 8 people who voted left have never seen the highlight of Tracy McGrady posterizing Shawn Bradley...
Speaking of 8, do you know what the NBA record is for most 3-point field goals in a half? That's right. 8! Do you know who holds that record? Tim Thomas, Michael Redd, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, J.R. Smith, and TRACY MCGRADY. Come on! That list is 100% made up of Hall of Famers.
Only 20 NBA players have ever scored 60+ points in a game. Tracy McGrady is one of them with 62 against the Washington Wizards. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar never did that. Magic Johnson never did that. Larry Bird did it once, but he only scored 60 points. They're all in the Hall of Fame.
Who do you think kept the 2011-2012 Miami Heat from becoming the first NBA team to have an undefeated regular season? Sure, you might say the teams that combined to give them their 20 wins, but you'd only be half right. The Atlanta Hawks toppled the undefeated giant first. Miami was rolling with a 5-0 record until they ran into McGrady and the Hawks, and it was McGrady's 13 4th quarter points that broke their back...
Let him in! Let him in!
J-Business said 07/07, 05:41 AM
Be serious, McGrady is a good player and he could have been one of the greats of this era but he stopped trying
He couldn't take Orlando out of the first round and there was always something wrong in Houston.
His career is defined by what he could have done.
In my opinion, his career resembles Vince Carter in the sense that he received a lot of hype early in his career but he couldn't maintain it in the playoffs and as he lost his athleticism.
If he doesn't have an ego problem, I'd suggest he look to sign with Miami or even OKC to give him his best chance at a title.
The HOF is out of the question for him
DO_WORK_SON said 07/07, 07:50 PM
Do you know what your 13 votes tell me? They tell me there are 13 people that are members of FanNation that have no business voting on NBA throwdowns; they clearly don't recognize a Hall of Fame career when it's right under their noses. Fortunately, they don't have Hall of Fame votes.
In an interview with ESPN, Kobe Bryant stated, "Tracy McGrady is the greatest basketball talent I've ever had the pleasure to play against."
Phil Jackson told Yahoo! Sports, "If Tracy McGrady had been available in 1989, I'd have traded Michael Jordan for him."
According to Sports Illustrated, Eddie Jordan called Tracy McGrady's 62 points against his Washington Wizards, "...absolutely the greatest display of basketball I've ever seen."
It's very clear that Tracy McGrady's lack of success had more to do with the talent around him than it did with his value as a player. He never had a Dwayne Wade, a Scottie Pippen, or a Kevin McHale. Who did he have? Vince Carter, Yao Ming, and a washed-up Grant Hill.
If Tracy McGrady is kept out of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, they might as well just shut it down...
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