"It's been 16 years playing the game I love," McGrady said on ESPN's popular show, First Take. "I've had a great run, but it's time for it to come to an end."
McGrady made a successful jump from high school basketball to the NBA in 1997, where he was drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors. McGrady went on to average 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game throughout his career. Hampered by back injuries later in his career, McGrady was an elite scoring machine before injuries took a toll on the 6-foot-8 forward from Bartow, Florida. Still, in his prime McGrady was a bona-fide threat every time he touched the ball. He led the NBA in scoring twice, including in 2002-2003 with Orlando when he averaged 32.1 points per game. He averaged 28 points per game in 2003-04, also with Orlando, and averaged between 21.6 and 32.1 points per game every year from 2000-2008.
McGrady played for Toronto, Orlando, Houston, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and San Antonio during his career. The latter years of his career, where he was hampered by a troublesome back and reduced to a reserve role, greatly reduced McGrady's career averages, especially scoring. At his best McGrady was one of the elite scorer's in the NBA. While his teams never had much luck in the playoffs, McGrady was one of the best offensive players of his generation.
While he retired from the NBA, McGrady has not indicated if he is completely through with his basketball. He previously played in China and could return to an overseas team who could clearly benefit from McGradry's ability.
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