Tracy McGrady may have only played 4 seasons with the Orlando Magic, but those four seasons were arguably the best seasons he ever played. In the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, McGrady led the NBA in scoring with 32.1 points per game and 28.0 points per game, and in the process was a legitimate MVP candidate.
That is why it is fitting that after announcing his retirement from basketball, the first team to honor him is the Orlando Magic. The ceremony will take place on November 1st, when the Magic play their first home game of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans. In addition to being honored on the floor, McGrady will also join the local broadcasting crew to do some color commentary throughout the game.
It’s neat to see McGrady honored in this way because he is truly one of the game’s most underappreciated players. He never played on teams in his prime that were title contenders, and yet he didn’t let that stop him from bringing his A-game every night. He is certainly a hall of fame player, and I’m glad the Magic have decided to honor him and recognize him for his spectacular career.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord