Retired Tracy McGrady says he’s worthy of Hall of Fame


mcgrady-spurs-2Since Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, debate has sprung up all over social media as to whether the 16-year veteran is a Hall of Famer.

On Tuesday, T-Mac himself weighed in on the discussion in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Houston.

“I think my numbers match up with some of the guys that are in the Hall of Fame,” McGrady said. “Whether or not I get in or not, it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m a guy from Auburndale, Florida (with) a population of 10,000 people, grew up in a pretty bad neighborhood, so to me, I’m Hall of Fame just by making it through my career. That’s Hall of Fame to me.”

The main knock against McGrady’s case for enshrinement in Springfield is his lack of playoff success, due partly to injuries that robbed him of much of his prime and partly to the awful teams he spent his best years propping up.

He’s right that his numbers stand up against previous inductees — in fact, if he were to fail to make it in, he’d be the first scoring champion in the history of American professional basketball (be it the NBA, BAA or ABA) to miss the cut.

His second comment, though, is more telling. McGrady doesn’t seem bitter about this lack of postseason glory. He has perspective on how lucky he is to have been able to make a career (and a lot of money) out of the game of basketball. He understands that his career will have been worth it even if voters don’t agree.

McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday.

“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said on ESPN’s “First Take.”

McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that started in 1997, when he was drafted out of high school.

Asked to clarify whether he is considering playing in China, McGrady said: “Officially retired from the NBA. Door’s still open,” adding that he’s got a brand in China, which means he might continue playing there afterall.

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