2010 NBA Free Agency: Are the LA Clippers Tracy McGrady's Best Choice?

Ross LipschultzAnalyst IJuly 16, 2010

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With the NBA free-agency period waning, so many of the big names have already been taken off the board.

You know what that means, right?

No, not new suits. It’s a 2002 Flashback!

Yes, 2002 was a great time as America had the Olympics in Salt Lake City, Emmitt Smith became the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, and Brazil won its fifth World Cup.

But the best sports story of that year? T-Mac was actually good!

Okay, maybe that was a bit of an overstatement.

All of Tracy McGrady's injuries make him more fragile than a Faberge egg, but eight years ago was his golden year, going for 32.1 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game.

Those are MVP-like numbers, even if he couldn’t win a playoff series. Although he thought he did.

McGrady is now 31 years old (younger than Kobe) and a free agent who people say is past his prime.

He played in only 24 games for the New York Knicks last season, but showed some promise coming off a bad injury that put him out for quite some time.

Injuries. Limited minutes. Past his prime. Sounds like the Los Angeles Clippers to me.

All kidding aside, McGrady is a perfect fit for the Clippers on multiple levels.

He may not be on top of his game, but with Blake Griffin joining Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, and Chris Kaman, he doesn’t need to be the scoring threat he was in the past.

One of his key roles would be to help groom rookie Al-Farouq Aminu. Back in T-Mac’s heyday, he had more jukes than a '60s diner and a jumper sweeter than a milkshake.

If he imparts any of that wisdom on Aminu, the chief really will have arrived.

McGrady also creates a time-sharing role with Aminu, which is excellent for development.

Mcgrady played 26 solid minutes per game for New York last season, and that would help ease the Wake Forest stud into the NBA.

It would be similar to how McGrady got eased in, and that worked to the tune of a 21.5 points per game career average. I think Clippers fans would kill for that.

But that’s not the only way the Mount Zion Christian Academy alum can help the Clips step slightly out of the Lakers shadow.

The Clippers shot 33.2 percent from downtown last year, and were in the bottom half of the NBA from the field as well. Yes, McGrady’s stroke has faded a little, but he shoots 44 percent for his career.

That number includes years when he had more guys surrounding him than Barack Obama.

Now, throw that into the Clippers lineup.

With Griffin and Kaman down low, the interior is going to be packed tight. With T-Mac’s shooting, he can help spread the floor, stop double teams on the post, and draw defenders out of the lane.

Plus, if he’s the most injury-prone guy on the floor, odds say Griffin is safe!

Lastly, in this offseason, the Clippers had enough money to sign a front-line free agent, but were unable to.

If they can get McGrady to sign cheap and short, they will be a front-runner in the summer of 2011.

I think the only things that are a tighter fit than Tracy Mcgrady with the Clips are Paramore’s jeans.

So all that remains is to get his people to the dotted line.

McGrady has already scheduled to work out with the Clippers, and if that goes well, there might be some reason to celebrate on the non-NBA Champion side of Staples Center.

Now, if Donald Sterling sold the team, not even Lil’ Wayne could pop that much champagne.


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