Former NBA scoring champs Iverson and McGrady call it a career
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 00:08
Two former NBA scoring champions retired within a week of each other when Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady walked away from the association this past week.
All-Star Tracy McGrady retired from the NBA Monday, putting the punctuation on an exciting NBA career. McGrady started as a young, electrifying dunker out of high school playing alongside fellow rim rocker Vince Carter in Toronto. Together, McGrady and Carter took the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. McGrady was traded away from the Raptors in 2000 to the Orlando Magic where he became the face of the franchise. It was in Orlando that he proved what a prolific scorer he could be. McGrady won the NBA scoring title twice in his four years in Orlando, scoring 32.1 points per game in 2003 and 28 points per game in 2004. Despite his efforts, the Magic never made it past the first round of the playoffs while McGrady was with the team.
McGrady became a journeyman in the last half of his career playing for the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and most recently the San Antonio Spurs.
Allen Iverson also decided to call it quits after a prestigious NBA career in which he won the scoring title in 2001, the same year he was named NBA MVP and lead the 76ers to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. While Iverson’s quick jab step could never be matched on the court, neither could his quick mouth. Iverson’s “practice” rant will go down as one of the most memorable press conferences to ever hit the airwaves.
Iverson and McGrady’s retirements mark the beginning of the end to an era of basketball. With Shaquille O’Neal already retired and Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan on their way out, it will be interesting to see how Lebron James and company carry the baton.