Posted April 16, 2013

Spurs sign Tracy McGrady

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Tracy McGrady will join the Spurs for the playoffs. (Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Spurs announced Tuesday the signing of veteran free-agent forward Tracy McGrady for the rest of the season.

McGrady, who spent this season playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, will step into the open roster spot created by the release of Stephen Jackson last week. Because McGrady was not previously on an NBA roster, he is playoff-eligible.

McGrady, 33, last played in the NBA as a member of the Hawks in 2011-12, when he averaged 5.3 points, 3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.1 minutes per game. Playing for the Qingdao Eagles in China, McGrady averaged 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

The 15-year NBA veteran holds career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists but saw his productivity start to dip significantly at the age of 29 because of knee injuries. The No. 9 pick in the 1997 draft, McGrady was selected for seven All-Star Games during a career that has included stops with the Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Knicks, Pistons and Hawks.

San Antonio, currently 58-23, will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. While years past his prime, McGrady should be able to approximate the size and experience that Jackson brought to the table this season. Meanwhile, San Antonio represents an unprecedented opportunity at postseason success for McGrady, who has never won a playoff series.

20 comments
Chaos
Chaos

The guy who has never been on a team  that has ever won a single playoff series is a guy you want on your team?  Why?

R_ckGl__chm_nn
R_ckGl__chm_nn

If he can still be the playmaker he was in Detroit then I can see him hook up nicely with Parker, relieving TP of ball handling duties and allowing him to run circles around the defense. Or was he brought in to produce 13 points in 33 seconds, who knows?

KingBrowser
KingBrowser

Another of many injuries could be the end of Mr. McGrady's (and his cousin Vince Carter's) stellar career.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Chaos Yeah, the Spurs have a history of having these things blow up in their faces, don't they?

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

@JasonLeBel @KingBrowser As much as i dislike how both these men play the game...they both had stellar careers. U forget that T-mac twice led the NBA in scoring and sports a career line of 19.5, 5.5, 4.5

KingBrowser
KingBrowser

@JasonLeBel @ChickenWolf @KingBrowserSo does that logic classify as him having an unstellar career? Also, I think we may be talking about 2 different topics. Stellar: "Of or relating to a star performer; Very good (again speaking about HIS CAREER only)." He is still considered one of the greatest NBA players of our time, btw. Therefore, that in itself...speaks for itself. #McGrady

Guany01
Guany01

@ChickenWolf @Guany01 @JasonLeBel @CoreyRSanity I gotta say i enjoy how sports are debated on here, compared to other sites. A lot more respect is shown for peoples opinions. And as a fan there is nothing better than talking sports all day. Cant wait for the playoffs!

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

@Guany01 @ChickenWolf @JasonLeBel @CoreyRSanityIm defending him. What i was referring to when i talked about his inefficiency was his poor shot selection. After his awesome 02/03 season, his shooting percentages really fell off. In fact, the year following 02/03 he once again led the NBA in scoring, yet he only shot about 41% from the field. T-mac was special but there have surely been many more efficient scorers.

Guany01
Guany01

@ChickenWolf @JasonLeBel @CoreyRSanity He may not have been a winner, anywhere he played, but tmac is one of 1 of 16 players in nba history to post an PER over 30 for a whole season. and he did that twice.. so i dont think its fair to knock his efficiency.. 

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

@JasonLeBel @CoreyRSanityI am illiterate. That was a good catch Corey. I think we're basically on the same page Jason. Raptors are my team as well. Carter is probably my least favorite player of all-time. That said, i respect his ability and acknowledge that he could score with the best of them when he was in his prime. McGrady never was able to win, but he was still a great scorer. That said, he was incredibly inefficient. I acknowledge that he wasnt a great leader, but sometimes great players dont win. An example i like is Pete Maravich. He was one of the best scorers in the history of college basketball, yet his team never even made the tournament. Does that mean he was a bad college player? Because i think there are alot of people out there that would consider him to be one of the great college players of all-time. Winning is obviously very important. But lets not forget the Barry Sanders, Dan marinos, Maravichs, stocktons, etc...because they never won a championship. And yes i do realize T-mac never won a playoff series. Doesnt mean hes not good though.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@CoreyRSanity I did read the article, thank you. I'm also aware of their history and career (being a Raps fan). As I said above, PPG mean nothing if you can't lead a team.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@ChickenWolf @JasonLeBel @KingBrowser PPG mean nothing, if you can't lead a team. Remember when McGrady went out with an injury a few years ago, then Houston won 20+ games? How many play off series did his teams win when he was in the lineup?

And Carter? What has he done (especially vs what he was capable of doing)? He lead the Raps to one good season which they ended up losing to Philly in the playoffs (I don't blame his graduation for that). But after that, he gave up on them, and then what?

CoreyRSanity
CoreyRSanity

He obviously can't read. Those statistics were included in the article. Heh.