Tracy McGrady’s 16 year journey to the NBA Finals


On June 25th of 1997, the (tanking) San Antonio Spurs won the Tim Duncan sweepstakes and selected the future great that teased lottery drafts for years by staying in college for 4 years.  8 picks later, the Toronto Raptors selected future great Tracy McGrady who just spent his last 4 years in high school.

Duncan found success in the league immediately while some felt T-Mac was on his way out of the league before he was even a name in it, but during the free agency frenzy of the summer of 2000, the two almost teamed up to form a Big 3 with Grant Hill in Orlando.  Duncan ended up re-signing with San Antonio and Tracy McGrady became the Magic’s franchise player, post Penny, who also wore #1, and a star in the league.

The next few years would see the two 97 draft vets dominate leader boards and pick up individual awards and accolades but Duncan was also picking up  team awards in the form of NBA championships while McGrady’s postseasons always ended in the 1st round.

Flashforward to April 16th 2013 when Duncan’s Spurs picked up free agent Tracy McGrady, who just spent a season over in China, right before the playoffs.   A sweep of the Lakers, 2 extra games for the Steph Curry show, another sweep for the Grizzlies and here we are.  Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady patiently waiting to see who they will face in the NBA Finals.  Yes, the last sentence said “Tracy McGrady” and “in the NBA Finals.”

YES, Tracy McGrady is going to the NBA Finals after…

32,368 minutes
19,490 points
5,549 rebounds
4,405 assists
986 games
8 1st round playoff exits

Congrats T-MAC!  Let’s look back at his journey.

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Bonus: Odd TMac tribute I made back in 2004

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