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McGrady always had to do too much for his squads.
Tracy McGrady never seemed to have any luck. A pure scorer in the mold of George Gervin, McGrady spent the majority of his prime carrying an abysmal Orlando Magic team to the playoffs and getting beaten and bruised in the process.
In fact, it wasn’t until the seventh year of McGrady’s career—when he teamed up with Yao Ming on the Houston Rockets—that he was paired with a second star who could help him out. But by then, it was too late.
McGrady started experiencing severe back spasms during the 2005-06 season, which slowed him down and sapped some of his quickness. He told Sports Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen:
My first year here, I felt like I was that same type of guy that was in the Magic uniform, that I could go out and get 30 or 40 every night. At this point right now, I don't feel that way. I feel like the last few years my game has diminished a little bit. I don't know if it's because I'm older, because of the injuries or what, but I feel that I'm a step slower.
But though McGrady was able to somewhat battle through his back issues (he was still averaging over 20 points per game despite deferring more to Yao), he required surgery on his shoulder and knee in 2008 (per the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen) and was never the same.
McGrady spent just one more year in Houston, followed by stints with the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks—none of whom he was able to average double figures for. However, McGrady gets a near-average grade because though he certainly performed worse after his 2008 surgery, he was on a slow decline regardless of the operation.
He was simply asked to do too much for too long. Can’t fault him for that.