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.
- Report: Veteran forward Chuck Hayes agrees to deal with Clippers 5
- Report: Lakers to sign Brazilian, FC Barcelona point guard Marcelo Huertas to one-year deal 8
- Shaq to Kobe on podcast: “I just want people to know that I don’t hate you” 18
- D’Angelo Russell on Tracy McGrady tweet: “Some Lakers fans are spoiled” 27
- Anthony Davis “definitely” plans on shooting more threes this season 4
- Jim Buss defends Byron Scott as Lakers coach, “He has the Laker blood in him” 24
- Jim Buss open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season 32
- Derrick Rose on sexual assault suit: “I am confident I will be proven innocent” 4