Houston Rockets: Ranking the top 10 players in team history
8. Tracy McGrady
Tracy McGrady was acquired prior to the start of the 2004-2005 season in a trade that included former fan favorite Steve Francis. McGrady had led the league in points per game in each of the previous two seasons prior to his arrival in Houston. McGrady’s tenure in Houston lasted five full seasons and he made the All-Star team in three of those five years. In addition, the Rockets made the playoffs in four of those five seasons.
In McGrady’s first season with the Rockets, he led them to 51 wins, which was something they had only accomplished once in the previous ten years. Not only that, McGrady led the team in scoring, steals and assists during his first campaign in Houston, which was the 2004-2005 season. In addition, McGrady’s 25.7 points per game that season was sixth in the league and his 135 steals were seventh-best. More importantly, McGrady led the Rockets to the playoffs, which marked only their second appearance in the previous six seasons.
During McGrady’s second season, which was the 2005-2006 campaign, McGrady led the Rockets in scoring again with 24.4 points per game. McGrady’s scoring totals were 12th in the league, but unfortunately, he missed 35 games due to injury, which was part of the reason the Rockets missed the playoffs that year.
During the 2006-2007 season, McGrady finished eighth in the league in total points and his 24.6 points per game ranked in the top ten of the league. In addition, he had a career-best 6.5 assists per game, which ranked 12th best in the league. McGrady and the Rockets would later go on to win 52 games that season, which was the most wins the team had in the previous ten years.
In the following season, McGrady saw his scoring numbers drop, as he averaged just 21.6 points per game, which was his lowest in his previous seven years. McGrady finished 15th in points per game that season and 16th in assists with 5.9 assists per game. That season, McGrady was the catalyst of the Rockets’ 22-game win streak, which was the second-longest win streak in league history at the time. Yao Ming was injured 12 games into that streak, and McGrady went on to average 24.3 points, 5.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds for the duration of the streak.
T-Mac ranks second in team history in usage percentage, behind only James Harden and ranks third in points per game with 22.7, behind only Harden and Moses Malone. McGrady was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
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