Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, and a two-time NBA scoring champion (2003–2004). McGrady played as a swingman.
McGrady entered the NBA straight from high school after being selected in the 1997 NBA draft with the ninth overall pick in the first round by the Toronto Raptors. He played in the NBA for the Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and San Antonio Spurs. He also played for the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association. In 2013, he announced his retirement from the NBA.
McGrady was ranked #75 on SLAM Magazine’s “Top 75 Players of All-Time” in 2003. McGrady’s style of play has been compared to that of George Gervin. Kobe Bryant has cited Tracy McGrady the toughest player he ever played against.
McGrady and Vince Carter are third cousins; McGrady learned that his grandmother and Carter’s grandmother were cousins at a family reunion while he was still in high school and Carter played at the University of North Carolina.The two played together with the Toronto Raptors for two years before McGrady left for free agency. After McGrady left, he and Carter had a feud, but this was resolved in a short period of time.
Tracy’s younger brother, Chancellor “Chance” McGrady, played for the 2008 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball runner-up Memphis Tigers basketball team.
In 2008, McGrady was criticized for his comments on the All-Star game being held in New Orleans, only three years removed from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. McGrady publicly questioned the quality of public safety and protection of NBA players.
Upon retirement, McGrady said, he planned to focus on his business interests, Dasdak a Washington, D.C.-based technology company and Blue-04 a bottled water company in Florida
Career highlights and awards
7× NBA All-Star (2001–2007)
2× All-NBA First Team (2002–2003)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2001, 2004, 2007)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2005, 2008)
2× NBA scoring champion (2003–2004)
NBA Most Improved Player (2001)
CBA All-Star (2013)
No. 1 retired by Qingdao Eagles