D'Angelo Russell must be feeling the basketball jones during the offseason, taking to Twitter to air out his thoughts on one of the best wings of the early 00's ... Tracy McGrady:
Honestly Tracy McGrady might have been the GOAT!
— D'Angelo Russell (@Dloading) August 13, 2015
Now look, T-Mac was a force in his heyday, doing some amazing things as an individual talent on some bad teams. Kobe Bryant even listed him as the toughest player he's had to compete against during an interview in 2013. When it comes to comparing careers, though, the Black Mamba's got this one covered across the board. He comes out well ahead in head-to-head matchups with a 14-7 record, and the career advanced metrics also tip in Kobe's favor, via Basketball-Reference:
But hey, it's cool to appreciate awesome basketball players. McGrady was an electric talent that deserves to be loved, and injuries derailed his career. Besides, any excuse to toss in a throwback look at his career is welcome during the summer:
If you want the CliffsNotes version, here's a tidy top-10 plays for your enjoyment:
Oh, and for those keeping track of jersey numbers, maybe this is the best indication yet as to why D'Angelo went with No. 1. Now try not to start any fires in young @Dloading's mentions.