KEY POINTS

  • Tracy McGrady was regarded as one of the best scorers in the history of the NBA
  • McGrady explained why he wasn't able to win a championship during his prime
  • T-Mac rivaled with some of the greatest shooting guards of all time

Tracy McGrady is an NBA all-time great who never won a title during his playing years, but he believes he's doing well even without it.

During a recent appearance on “The Draymond Green Show” podcast, the NBA Hall of Famer was asked to share his thoughts on not being able to win an NBA championship before he retired. According to McGrady, as far as legacy goes, he is “well respected.” But more importantly, he is certain that if he had just been handed the “right pieces,” he could have become a champion as well. 

“I could go to any country in the world and I’m recognized,” McGrady said. “Anywhere I'm well-respected, out in the streets, in corporate America, I’m well-respected.”

“But here's what I say about that, we talked about there [are] a lot of moving parts that have to come into play to winning championships,” he explained. “With my game and how I play, you don't think if I had the right pieces around me, I couldn’t win a championship?”

The 42-year-old further stressed that despite how things played out for him, he doesn’t regret anything about it.

“[But] I wasn't sorry,” he concluded. “I was one of the top players in the league, [but] I just didn't have the pieces around me.”

Looking back at McGrady’s career, his record of seven NBA All-Star appearances speaks for itself. Atop that, he was also a two-time scoring champ.

Many have argued that McGrady was only a pure scorer who didn't have the ability to win. Others reckoned that he can do pretty much everything inside the court, especially on the offensive end.

However, it was a series of injuries that hindered him from winning and exceeding his fiercest rivals such as Allen Iverson and the late Kobe Bryant.

“He could do everything I could, but he was 6’10,” Bryant once said of McGrady. “He had no weaknesses in his game, he could score from anywhere and defend. He’s the hardest player I have ever had to guard.”

McGrady played the best seasons of his professional career with the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets. After leaving the NBA in 2012, he decided to take his talents to China where he had a short yet remarkable overseas basketball spell.

mcgrady McGrady will be remembered for his tremendous scoring ability and athleticism. Photo: Reuters