POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 3:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 3:43pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — National Basketball League veteran forward, Tracy McGrady, announced his retirement Monday morning.
"T-Mac," 34, ended his 16-year basketball career with the 2012-2013 Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs.
McGrady was drafted ninth overall in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He was one of the most athletically gifted players in the league, highlighted by a stellar performance in the 2000 NBA dunk contest. That same year, he was traded to the Orlando Magic where he spent four seasons.
In the summer of 2004, "T-Mac" made his way to the Houston Rockets in a seven-player deal. While in Houston, he teamed up with the 7'6" center, Yao Ming, to becomes one of the most powerful duos in the game. Six years later, McGrady headed to the east coast New York Knicks.
McGrady had a forceful stretch in the early 2000's before heading to the Chinese CBA prior to his one-year stint with the Spurs.
His career stats include a 19.6 points per game average with 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals.