The 25 Greatest Sports Careers Ruined by Injury

14. Tracy McGrady

Sport: Basketball
Years Active: 1997-Present
Career Stats: 19.6 PPG 5.6 RPG 4.4 APG
Injuries: Back spasms, microfracture knee surgery

McGrady established himself as one of the premier players in the NBA during the 2000 season. With teammate Grant Hill dealing with ankle injuries, T-Mac became the team's only option. He would go on to win the Most Improved Player award and be selected to his first All-Star game during the 2000-2001 season. For the following seven years McGrady established himself as one of the best two guards in the NBA. T-Mac was at the height of his career when he exploded for an average of 32.1 points per game during the 2003-2004 season, where he took home the first of his two consecutive scoring titles and his third straight NBA First Team selection.

As a defender, you couldn't do anything with him because he could beat you in so many ways: killer crossover, quick first step, can over power you, attacked the basket relentlessly, one of the best jumpers in the league, and could jump out the gym. T-Mac was building his hall of fame resume and had a possibility of making it to Springfield, but nagging back spasms and a microscopic knee surgery derailed his plans and athletic ability. He has since bounced around the league and is currently considering playing in China.

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