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The Great Debate: Would T-Mac Have Been Better Than Kobe If He Stayed Healthy?

James SchmidtCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2010

The Great Debate: Would T-Mac Have Been Better Than Kobe If He Stayed Healthy?

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    As we all know, Kobe and Tracy are two of the most prolific offensive forces in NBA history. But as most of us know Tracy McGrady's reign of being an elite NBA player was cut short because of injuries including a micro-fracture surgery. Every basketball fan wonders what would have happened if Tracy stayed healthy, would he finally make it out of the first round of the playoffs? Maybe even win a championship? Well I'm going to stretch it as far as him possibly being better than Kobe Bryant. Alright here we go.

The Accolades: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe has many accolades in his 13 years of playing in the NBA, so here they are

    • 5 time NBA Champion
    • 2 time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
    • 1 time NBA Most Valuable Player
    • A 12 Time NBA All Star
    • A 2 Time NBA Scoring Champion
    • 8 Time NBA First Team
    • 2 Time NBA Second Team
    • 2 Time NBA Third Team
    • 8 Time All Defensive First Team
    • 2 Time All Defensive Second Team

    Through his career he has averaged 25.5 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He has also won gold medals at the 2008 Olympics and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

The Accolades: Tracy McGrady

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    Obviously Tracy McGrady's list isn't as beautiful as Kobe's, but McGrady has compiled quite a few awards we can only dream about.

    • NBA Most Improved Player
    • 7 Time All Star
    • 2 Time NBA Scoring Champion
    • 2 Time NBA First Team
    • 3 Time NBA Second Team
    • 2 Time NBA Third Team

    He also performed one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history scoring 13 points in 33 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs including a  three point buzzer beater at the end of the game.

The Accolades: The Verdict

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    I think this is a no brainer. Kobe clearly beats T-Mac in everything you can win. From Finals to MVP's and even finals MVP's. Kobe has it all and T-Mac, well T-Mac has never been out of the first round.

    Give a check mark to Kobe: ✔

Dunking: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe uses his speed and athleticism to get to the rack and throw it down, oh and his 38" vertical. Kobe is a 6 foot 6 dunking machine, he even has a dunk contest champion trophy under his belt. Kobe has been one of the better dunkers in the league for a while. The video tells you the rest. 

Dunking: Tracy McGrady

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    The 6 foot 8 Tracy McGrady can throw it down, no question about that. But can he throw it down better than Kobe? Umm... Yeah! he has two inches on Kobe and 4 more inches than Kobe on his vertical (T-Macs vertical is 42.) That definitely provides an edge on dunking.

Dunking: The Verdict

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    Tracy McGrady easily took this in my opinion. The two inches he has on Kobe and the 4 inches he has on Kobe's vertical adding on to how long Tracy is Just gives him the edge in Dunking. 

    Give Tracy a check mark: ✔

MId-Range: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe makes half his shots from midrange, yeah half. Try and defend him all you want in the midrange area and you won't be able to. Kobe's game revolves around his midrange beauty of a shot. Does Tracy even have a chance at rivaling Kobe's midrange shot?

Mid-Range: Tracy McGrady

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    Yeah... T-Mac can rival Kobe's midrange. Because much like Kobe, Tracy lives and dies by his midrange shot. Sizing up, coming off screens and hitting turnaround jumpers are what he does. So who has the better midrange shot?

Mid-Range: The Verdict

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    Well they are both excellent mid-range shooters, no questioning that. Or at least both were great mid-range shooters as T-Mac has obviously faded from glory. But all and all, I believe that neither of them are better than the other at the mid-range jumper.

    Give em' both a check mark 

    Kobe: ✔

    Tracy: ✔

Three Pointers: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe is a career 34% three point shooter. Definitely not astounding, but it gets the job done. Kobe tends to have a knack for knocking down three pointers in the clutch. 

Three Pointers: Tracy McGrady

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    Tracy is also a career 34% three point shooter. Tracy like Kobe gets the job done not highly efficiently but enough to where he can be effective.

Three Pointers: The Verdict

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    Both of them shoot 34% from three point range. Nothing really else to say, give em both a check mark. 

    Tracy: ✔

    Kobe: ✔

Clutch: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe is the one of the most clutch players in NBA history. Enough said, I mean he had six game winning shots last season. You can't top that. But T-Mac can put something in there that can give him a little bit of recognition for clutch play.

Clutch: Tracy McGrady

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    Yes, the famous 13 points in 35 seconds. Possibly the greatest comeback of all time (although I think that belongs to Reggie Miller.) If not the greatest without a doubt the second greatest. I mean this is just an amazing performance by McGrady. the 4 point play, the three pointers over Bruce Bowen, barely getting the ball in on time and Devin Brown slipping with the ball. Everything had to go right and it did.

Clutch: The Verdict

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    Yeah, even though T-Macs comeback was amazing. You can't deny that Kobe is one of the most clutch players in NBA history. Give Kobe the check mark.

    Kobe: ✔

Defense: Kobe Bryant

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    Not much to say, Kobe is one of the best defenders in the league. He's been on the all defensive team 10 times. What else do you need?

Defense: Tracy McGrady

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    Tracy does not play defense.

Defense: The Verdict

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    Kobe easily gets this one, one of the best defenders in Kobe and one of the worst in Tracy. Not even close. Give Kobe the check mark.

    Kobe: ✔

Playmaking: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe is not only a prolific scorer, but has learned when to pass the ball. He knows know you cannot win a championship by yourself and has become a pretty good passer in this league, having great teammates like he has really helps though.

Playmaking: Tracy McGrady

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    Yeah, look through youtube and you'll find a bunch of great passes that T-Mac dished out. T-Mac is an above average passer and when he attracts the defense he can find the open guy with his very good court vision.

Playmaking: The Verdict

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    Tracy is a better playmaker than Kobe. He is flat out a better passer and can find open teammates better than Kobe can. Give the check mark to T-Mac.

    Tracy: ✔

The Final Verdict

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    Overall, I think Tracy would have been slightly better. He was just flat out a better scorer and passer. Then when he actually tried to play defense he was pretty good at it (he's really not to crappy at defense, I'm just a Rocket fan giving him a hard time.) He did everything Kobe did better, except defense. I think he would have started winning playoff games if he had stayed healthy, I mean look at the Rockets 07-10 rosters, very good players. But he was normally not playing so... That makes it hard for him to win. I think T-Mac would have been better than Kobe, but we'll never know.

    Your opinion counts to! Post who you think would have been better!

    Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy_McGrady


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