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Remembering vintage Tracy McGrady (VIDEO)

Aug 26, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

For the young generation of NBA fans, Tracy McGrady was the guy your dad or older brother loved and you don’t get why, because all you remembered is an oft-injured guy on the end of the bench.

Vintage McGrady was a joy to watch — as athletic and as versatile a scorer as you’ll find. He could dunk, just ask Shawn Bradley, but he could also find a more creative way to score around the basket or just pull up and hit the jumper. He averaged 32 points a game in 2003 (and was relatively efficient doing it considering the load of the offense he took on, he had a PER of 30.3 that season) and he would drop 40 on any given night. He was about as indefensible as it gets.

Enjoy these highlights and let’s remember the guy who was the two-time NBA scoring champ, a guy who was as much fun to watch play as just about anyone of the past couple decades.

  1. m4a188 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Smooth.

  2. vi3tguy415 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    i don’t like these videos. 1) too blurry 2 ) too fast. you should’ve done the slow motions like the one you did for Kobe. That way, people would know how great he was!

    • fullashyt - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      maybe its not the videos, maybe you need to catch up…..

  3. areyesrn - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    i forgot that he and Vince Carter were on the same Raptors team…

  4. bjerkrulez - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    One of the better scorers of his generation…
    It’s not that easy to score 30 points a season in the NBA..

    Too bad his body betrayed him, he was a really good player when healthy

    I remember that game vs the spurs….13 pts in 33 seconds! (plus the game winning 3)…probably the best 33 seconds an NBA player can dream of >.<

    Salute!

  5. abchome - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I still remember that all star game in which he threw the ball to the back board, grabbed the rebound, and dunked it home. It was unseen before, at least to me. Everyone, including Kobe on the bench as shown in a closeup, was just wow! And the commentators argued if it’s a legitimate play… of course we see the same play aplenty now.

  6. dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    this cat was a bad man in this league,just too much for most defenders. and a hell of defender in his own right. T.Mac most definitely HOF

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