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Tracy Lamar McGrady was born on May 24,1979 in Bartow, Florida. He was the product of an area called the Hill in Auburndale, a quaint town of about 9,000 surrounded by lakes, halfway between Orlando and Tampa. His family has been a major influence in his life. His mom, Melanise Williford, and his grandmother, Roberta, raised me. He eventually grew to know both women as "mom". His mother worked as a chambermaid at a Disney World hotel. She made a daily 90-minute commute, from her home near Tampa, in order to get to work each day to support the family. His dad, Tracy McGrady Sr. has had his separate life, but that does not mean he hasn't been there for Tracy. He's been around, and he has done whatever he can for Tracy. Tracy has been a good athlete during his highschools days. Aside from being good in basketball, he was also a good baseball pitcher. When Tracy grew and reach the hight of 6-4, he focus on one game and that was basketball. During the summer of his junior year, he joined the Adidas ABCD basketball camp. A lot of people were shocked including coaches and scouts because of his skills. Coach Joel Hopkins of Mt. Zion Christian academy took a special interest in Tracy. He invited Tracy to attend North Carolina school. Hopkins believed that Tracy was talented- he just lacked structure. During his highschol days, Tracy was studying at Mt. Zion. In that school players are not allowed to curse, listen to rap, wear jewelry, have girlfriends, or miss Church service. Tracy and his family think that Mt. Zion is a best option for Tracy, and I think it was. He finished his senior year by recieving the HighSchool player of the year by USA today. Kentucky was Tracy's choice for his college education. Scouts said that Tracy was the best player in the '97 draft, maybe best player in all orth Carolina, ( including universities and the Charlotte Hornets ). Tracy McGrady went directly to pro and he was drafted 9th overall to Toronto Raptors. he coaching staff there said he wouldn last 3 years. Tracy had to adjust to all the criticism, the cold weather, and the coaching staff that didn!~P|~Ht allow him much playing time. In 1999, Vince Carter ( Tmac 2nd cousin ) was drafted by the Raptors. Both of them were good players, they reached the playoff in 1999-2000, but they were sweep in the 1st round. During the summer, Tracy pack up his things and went to play for the Magics. This season, Orlando Magics reached the playoffs but they were eliminated in the 1st round, but Tracy was named the NBA most improved player. And he was also voted as an All- Star starter.
Tracy McGrady, making the leap from high school to the NBA, was selected on the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, the ninth player chosen overall, and averaged 7.0 ppg as an 18-year-old rookie. He enjoyed a solid second season in 1998-99 when he solidified his status as one of the league's most versatile stars of the future. McGrady played one year at Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina after originally attending Auburndale High School in Florida. As a senior, he averaged 27.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game, shooting .564 from field, .389 from three-point range and .791 from free throw line. He was named the USA Today Player of the Year and the Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina by The Associated Press and also was named to the McDonald's All-America Team. In Magic's Roundball Classic, he shot 6-for-7 from the field, sinking his only three-point attempt, and scored 13 points. McGrady appeared in 64 games as a rookie, making 17 starts including the final 11 games of the season. He averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. He played in 49 of 50 games in 1998-99, all but two off the bench, and increased his averaged to 9.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in just 22.6 minutes per game. He also was among the team leaders in steals and blocks.
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Played and started in 77 games for Orlando and enjoyed another breakthrough season, averaging 26.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 4.6 apg., 1.53 blkpg. and 1.51 stlpg. in 40.1 minpg... Posted career-highs in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and minutes played...Captured the NBA's Most Improved Player Award and was named to the All-NBA Second Team...Led the Magic and ranked among NBA leaders in scoring (seventh) and minutes played (12th), while finishing second in rebounding (T-31st), assists (T-30th), blocked shots (26th) and steals (T-17th)...Voted a starter at the 2001 NBA All-Star Game...Recorded the highest scoring average in NBA history for players 21-years-old or younger (see charts below)...Led (or tied) the team in scoring a team-best 58 times, in rebounding 35 times and in assists 24 times...Scored in double figures a team-high 76 times, including a career-high 49 points on Apr. 13 @ Washington...Netted 20-plus points 63 times, 30-plus points 26 times and 40-plus points five times...Recorded team-best 18 double-doubles...Named the NBA Player of the Month for February after averaging 29.3 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 5.0 apg., 1.67 stlpg. and 1.07 blkpg. in 42.1 minpg. (12 games)...Ripped down a career-high-tying 15 rebounds on Feb. 3 vs. Atlanta and on Jan. 27 vs. Miami...Dished out a career-best 11 assists vs. Boston on Apr. 4 and recorded a career-high five steals vs. Atlanta on Feb. 3...Logged career-best 50 minutes on Feb. 2 @ Philadelphia and on Nov. 19 vs. Portland...Had two or more blocked shots in 35 games and had two or more steals 36 times...Missed two games (Nov. 25, 27) due to an infected left hand and was suspended for three games (Nov. 4, Mar. 14 and Mar. 16)...Started in all four playoff outings, averaging 33.8 ppg., 8.3 apg., 6.5 rpg., 1.75 stlpg. and 1.25 blkpg. in 44.5 minpg...At the time of Orlando's elimination, led all NBA players in postseason scoring...Tied a franchise playoff record with 42 points during Game #3 on Apr. 28 vs. Milwaukee...Set an NBA playoff record for most field goal attempts in a four-game series with 123...Led (or tied) the team in scoring and in assists during all four playoff games...Tied franchise playoff record with 18 points during second quarter in Game #2 on Apr. 25 @ Milwaukee...In fact, scored 20 straight points for the Magic during that outing.
Played in 79 games for Toronto, averaging then career-highs of 15.4 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 3.3 apg., 1.91 blkpg. and 1.14 stlpg. in 31.2 minpg...Led the Raptors and was 12th in the NBA in blocked shots (led all guards and small forwards)...Finished second on the club in scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in steals...Tied for third in voting for the NBA Sixth Man Award and finished fifth for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award...Led (or tied) the team in scoring eight times, rebounding 12 times and assists 15 times...Scored in double figures 51 times, including 19 games with 20 points or more...Recorded 11 double-doubles...Poured in 28 points vs. Detroit on Apr. 4...Ripped down a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Chicago on Feb. 29...Recorded a career-high seven blocked shots on Mar. 19 vs. Houston...Competed in the NBA.com Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in Oakland, Calif. and finished in third place...In three playoff outings against New York, averaged 16.7 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 3.0 apg., 1.00 blkpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 37.0 minpg...Poured in 25 points and had 10 rebounds on Apr. 23 at New York in postseason debut.
Appeared in 49 games for Toronto, averaging 9.3 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 2.3 apg., 1.35 blkpg. and 1.06 stlpg. in 22.6 minpg...Stodd second on the Raptors in blocked shots and field goal percentage (.436), third in rebounding and steals, and fifth in scoring and assists...Also led the team in offensive rebounds with 120...Ranked 20th in the NBA in blocked shots and was second only to teammate Vince Carter among all guards...The 433 points he scored as a reserve were the 12th best in the league...Netted a then-career-high 27 points in only 25 minutes vs. Charlotte on Apr. 27.
Played in 64 games during his rookie campaign with Toronto, making 17 starts...Averaged 7.0 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 1.5 apg. in 18.4 minpg...Ranked among all NBA rookies in blocked shots (T-7th), field goal percentage (T-8th), rebounding (T-9th) and scoring (18th)...Made his first NBA start at Washington on Dec. 31, totaling 13 points and five rebounds...Participated in the Schick Rookie Game during the 1998 All-Star Weekend in New York, scoring nine points in 10 minutes...Made his NBA debut @ Miami on Oct. 31, 1997.
Selected as the USA Today Player-of-the-Year as the top high school player in the United States following his senior season at Mt. Zion Christian Academy...Averaged 27.5 ppg., 8.7 rpg., 7.7 apg., 2.80 stlpg. and 2.00 blkpg...Named McDonald's All-American and the Player-of-the-Year in North Carolina by Associated Press...Led Mt. Zion to a 26-2 record as one of the top prep teams in the country...Recorded highs of 37 points and 17 boards during the season...Played in Magic's Roundball Classic in Auburn Hills, Mich., finishing with 13 points (6-7 FG) and helping the West to a 124-106 victory on Apr. 6, 1997...Named MVP as he led Mt. Zion to victory at the Reebok Holiday Prep Classic, a 54-team tournament held in Las Vegas in December of 1996...Transferred to Mt. Zion from Auburndale High School in Florida...As a junior, averaged 23.1 ppg., 12.2 rpg., 4.90 blkpg. and 4.0 apg...Named MVP of the prestigious adidas ABCD Camp in New Jersey during the summer of 1996...HoopScoop, a recruiting publication, hailed him as the "sleeper of the decade".
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