Exciting news, Houston Rockets fans.
Former Rockets’ small forward Tracy McGrady has been nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. McGrady was a seven-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection. He was also the Most Improved Player in 2001. McGrady played six seasons with the Rockets, which was the most time he spent with any team in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
While with the Rockets, McGrady averaged 20 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds per game. His best season with the Rockets was in 2004-05, where he averaged 26 points per game. McGrady’s best seasons, however, were not in a Rockets uniform. He was the NBA scoring champion in the NBA for the Orlando Magic in 2003 and 2004. He’s in rare company by winning that award more than once. One of the most iconic moments in McGrady’s career was when he scored 13 points in the last 33 seconds, while a member of the Rockets, against the San Antonio Spurs to win the game. McGrady found out about the Hall of Fame nomination on television on “The Jump” with Rachel Nichols.
“You shook me up right there,” McGrady said. “We’ll see what happens. I mean, it’s great to be a nominee, and to be on that ballot, you know. We’ll see what happens. Fingers crossed.”
McGrady was nominated alongside players and coaches such as: Ben Wallace, Muggsy Bogues, and Kansas head coach Bill Self. McGrady played with Yao Ming, who is one of the best big men in Rockets history. Ming was able to get into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. Hopefully, McGrady will be able to follow in his footsteps.
McGrady would be the 12th Rockets’ player inducted into the Hall of Fame.