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Tracy McGrady biography

Date of birth : 1979-05-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Bartow, Florida, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-08-05
Credited as : Basketball player NBA, guard/forward for the Detroit Pistons, NBA Draft

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Tracy McGrady, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons. He is a shooting guard, but can also play as a small forward and recently as a point guard.

Career history:

1997–2000 Toronto Raptors
2000–2004 Orlando Magic
2004–2010 Houston Rockets
2010 New York Knicks
2010–present Detroit Pistons

CAREER:

Selected by the Toronto Raptors in the first round (#9 overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft.
Traded by Toronto to Orlando for a future first-round draft pick (8/3/00)…Traded by Orlando along with Juwan Howard, Reece Gaines and Tyronn Lue to Houston in exchange for Steve Francis, Kelvin Cato and Cuttino Mobley (6/29/04)…Signed an extension with Houston (11/1/04)…Traded by Houston to New York in a three-team trade (2/18/10)…Signed with Detroit as a free agent (8/16/10).

Honors: Two-time NBA scoring champion (2002-03, 2003-04)…Named All-NBA First Team twice (2001-02, 2002-03), All-NBA Second Team three times (2000-01, 2003-04, 2006-07) and All-NBA Third Team twice (2004-05, 2007-08)…Earned NBA Most Improved Player (2000-01)…Seven-time NBA All-Star selection (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), averaging 17.1 points in his seven NBA All-Star Games (six starts)…Named the NBA’s Conference Player of the Week 12 times and Player of the Month four times…Honored with the NBA Community Assist Award for Jan. 2008.

Career Averages/Milestones:
In 814 career NBA games has averages of 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game with Toronto, Orlando, Houston and New York…Stands as the all-time leader in scoring average for Orlando (28.1 in 295 games) and is second for Houston (23.1 in 297 games)…Recorded 2,000- plus points in a season twice (2000-01, 2002-03)…Scored 1,000-plus points in nine of his 13 seasons…Possesses 45 career 40-point games…Owns four career triple-doubles: 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds vs. Philadelphia (2/23/02); 46 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds at New Jersey (2/23/03); 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds vs. Memphis (12/5/07); 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Denver (12/16/08)…Ranks 10th amongst active players in career points (17,534).

2009-10 (Houston and New York):
Appeared in 30 games (24 starts, all with NY) with Houston and New York averaging 8.2 points (.387 FG, .250 3FG, .746 FT), 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game…Averaged 3.2 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in six games with the Rockets…On the inactive list for 45 games (10/27/09- 12/13/09; 12/29/09-2/17/10), undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee on Feb. 24, 2009…Made his season debut vs. Detroit (12/15/09), coming off the bench with three points (1-2 FG) and three boards in 7:44 of playing time in his first game action since at Milwaukee (2/9/09)…Posted 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-4 FT) and three assists in 7:50 of action vs. the L.A. Clippers (12/22/09), marking his first double-digit scoring performance of the season… Finished his Rockets career second in team history in scoring average (22.7), fifth in assists per game (5.6), 12th in total points (6,888) and 11th in total assists (1,699)…Traded to New York on Feb. 18…Appeared in 24 games (all starts) averaging 9.4 points and 3.9 assists in 26.1 minutes per game…Led the Knicks in scoring once (15 on Feb. 22 vs. Bucks) and assists nine times…Had 11 double-digit scoring games and three 20-plus efforts.

2008-09 (Houston):
Averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.20 steals in 35 games (35 starts)…Set his single-season career best in free throw percentage (.801, 125-156 FT)…Underwent season-ending microfracture surgery on his left knee on Feb. 24…On the inactive list for 42 games and DND for four games due to a sore left knee and microfracture surgery… Recorded one 30-point performance, two double-doubles and one triple-double…Surpassed both Rudy Tomjanovich (1,573) and Rodney McCray (1,521) into 11th on the Rockets all-time list for career assists…Led the Rockets in points (30, 11-23 FG, 8-10 FT), assists (8), rebounds (7, tied), steals (2, tied) and blocks (1, tied) at Portland (11/6/08), while scoring 22 second-half points…Returned to the lineup after missing the previous seven games with a sore left knee finishing with a game-high 24 points (10-10 FT), 10 rebounds and nine assists at Golden State (12/12/08), while becoming the 73rd player in NBA history to score 17,000 points…Recorded 20 points (3-5 3FG), 14 rebounds (tied career-high 12 defensive), 10 assists and three blocks vs. Denver (12/16/08), marking his fourth career triple-double…Actually achieved his triple-double by the end of the third quarter against the Nuggets, becoming the first Rockets player to accomplish that feat since Steve Francis at Boston (1/18/02)…Netted 11 points at New Orleans (12/26/08) to surpass Allen Leavell (6,684) into 12th on the Rockets all-time list for career points…Dished out a season-high-tying 10 assists vs. Milwaukee (12/31/08)…Recorded a season-best four steals at Oklahoma City (1/9/09).

COLLEGE:

Tracy McGrady played high school basketball at Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Florida for three years. He then transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy, in Durham, North Carolina. McGrady created a national buzz after his performance in the Adidas ABCD Camp, where the best high school players in the U.S. are invited annually. He was named High School Player of the Year by USA Today. McGrady has stated that if he did not go straight to the NBA from high school, he would have attended Kentucky.

PERSONAL:

Born Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. on May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida…He and his wife, CleRenda, have two daughters, Layla Clarice and Laycee Aloa, and two sons, Laymen Lamar and Layden…Finished as Houston’s leading scorer with 21 points vs. Utah (12/27/05), despite leaving at halftime to be with CleRenda who went into labor with Laymen…Named USA Today High School Player of the Year as a senior at Mt. Zion Christian Academy…Cousin of NBA All-Star Vince Carter…Voted “Favorite Athlete” in a Sports Illustrated For Kids poll …Honored as one of the “Good Guys in Sports” by The Sporting News… Made a humanitarian journey during the summer of 2007 to the refugee camps in Chad, Africa, living among Darfur’s displaced people in hopes of spreading word about their plight and inspiring others to join the cause… Brought a film crew with him to make the documentary, “3 Points” about his trip and to get the word out...Formed the T-Mac Alliance, which is working alongside other notable charitable groups to raise funds in support of education for Sudanese refugees…Made a $75,000 donation that is being used to renovate and build a school in the Djabal Camp in Eastern Chad, naming his alma mater Auburndale (FL) High School as a sister school to the one being built in Chad…Continues charitable efforts through his Tracy McGrady Foundation…Hosted the T-Mac Charity Softball Game, which helped raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, as well as for renovation of technology areas and new libraries for students at Betsy Ross and Kashmere Gardens Elementary Schools in Houston…Also hosts the T-Mac Approach Basketball Camp…Was one of the NBA superstars to participate in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Charity All-Star Game (9/11/05)…Befriended Iran Brown, the youngest victim of the Washington-area sniper shootings… Participates in the Make-A-Wish program…Hosted one young child to spend a day with him at his house as a part of ESPN’s “My Wish Series,” where children with life-threatening illnesses are given their wish to spend a day with their favorite sports superstar…Has hosted a military family during All-Star Weekend…Was featured in the Mike Jones music video “Flossin”…Chosen to be on the cover of the NBA Live ‘07 video game.

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