Is Tracy McGrady A Hall of Famer?

Commentary by Tyler Mills

Tracy McGrady does not deserve to be in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.  He was an outstanding superstar for six years and he deserves credit for that, but I simply do not think his accomplishments are Hall of Fame worthy.  Tracy McGrady says he feels he is a Hall of Famer, but a player who does not have any NBA Championships under their belt has to be a dominant player in my estimation.

We should all have some sympathy for Tracy McGrady given that he never really had a great sidekick to work with during his prime scoring years.  Grant Hill was consistently injured when the two were together with the Orlando Magic and Yao Ming was consistently hurt when Ming and Tracy McGrady were with the Houston Rockets.

I will say this about Tracy McGrady, he was probably the best player Isaiah Thomas ever brought to the Toronto Raptors while Thomas was running the show there, this is despite the fact that I feel Marcus Camby is the more valuable player as far as doing more for a roster overall.  The Hall of Fame is not about getting more done on the basketball floor though, it can be those scoring titles that Tracy McGrady does hold. McGrady did not have the kind of impact the Raptors that his second cousin Vince Carter did for example.

A Hall of Fame player would not have let that Detroit Pistons team that he was on last year fall apart in the way it did, no matter bad the roster felt the coach was.  A Hall of Fame player would not have let a large number of players skip practice like that, a Hall of Fame player is going to push their teammates in order to get the best out of them.

The Atlanta Hawks would get the best efforts out of their roster every night if Tracy McGrady was really committed to winning and helping the Hawks begun the great team that they are capable of being.  We have to give credit to McGrady for having no negative off the court incidents that can hurt people when they are trying to make their case for exactly why they should be in the Hall of Fame.

McGrady does hold several Orlando Magic franchise scoring records, these numbers are quite impressive given that both Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard have played for the Magic. McGrady also did a lot for the state of Florida in both the for profit and non-profit sectors during his time with the Magic.

Part of the reason why some people may be questioning Tracy McGrady’s Hall of Fame credentials is due to the fact that he appears to be close to the end of his career at just age thirty two.    It is interesting to see whether Hall of Fame voters will hold it against some of these players who entered the NBA straight out of high school or just after their first year of college.  A person who follows basketball knows that injuries are likely to happy; the kind of knee injuries that have slowed down Tracy McGrady’s career.


 Author Bio: Tyler Mills is a former college student looking for a positive way to inform people and make some money to pay living expenses. He also covers sports and Iowa news for the De Moines Free Press.