When you think of the best 10 players of this decade, is Tracy McGrady one of the first names you think of or does it takes you awhile to mention his name?
I have notice that for the last few years people haven't look at T-Mac as that superstar he really is. I'm hear to show why he should be consider one of the best players of this decade.
T-Mac is fourth all time in postseason scoring, although he haven't got past the first round. Tracy McGrady is known for his scoring ability and not enough on his ability to make their teammates better.
Last season, when Yao Ming was injured, it wasn't McGrady's scoring which led the Rockets in the second half of the season but his ability to evaluate the play of Rafer Alston, Luis Scola, Shane Battier and Carl Landry with his unbelievable court vision and his will to make the postseason.
In his years in Houston he helped turn Yao Ming from a very good center into in my opinion the best center in the NBA today. Even in Orlando, he just liked Iverson, he did a lot with a sub part supporting cast including nearly defeating No. 1 seed Detroit Pistons in the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
He led the league in scoring twice, won Most Improved, was on numerous All-NBA Teams as a forward and as a guard and although he never won MVP, there was a few times he wa a candidate for MVP.
Although, he only has four career triple doubles, he is one of the best all-around players of this decade. He's great in the clutch, a very good shooter, a great scorer, a great playmaker and a good defender.
I know over the past few years his stats isn't as great as his days in Orlando, but in Houston, Yao Ming is the number one scoring option with McGrady as the primary ballhander and playmaker. Yet in the clutch, McGrady was the still person the Rockets trusted as their main scorer.
The two things that people may say about McGrady that could keep him from the Hall of Fame is that he's injury prone and never led his team out of the first round of the playoffs.
Although, I can't say anything about him being injury prone, I can defend him a bit about his postseason failures. If you look at in stats in the playoffs, you see look it could be compare to all-time playoff performers so its not like he doesn't play well in playoffs.
All the teams he have been on that made the playoffs, were not as good as the team they faced in the playoffs yet he always made his teams competitive in those series(never got swept).
Especially, in Game 7 of the 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets. Utah was up a by a huge amount in the middle of the third quarter and McGrady led a comeback in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets lost 103-99 but McGrady got them back in the game. I know part of being a superstar is leading your team to victory in games that you have to win but when you can't criticize T-Mac for doing his job instead you should take blame and put on his teammates.
McGrady is among the best players of this decade. I hope my article convinces you that he is one of the best players of this decade but it not I hope I made you view T-Mac differently.