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Could Tracy McGrady Be a Valuable Player Off the Bench for Portland?

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"Before his body betrayed him, McGrady had a Hall of Fame worthy resume: he missed the All-NBA team only once between 2000-2008, making the first and third teams twice and the second team three times. He resurfaced in Detroit last season, playing in over 70 games for the first time in four seasons. And while he no longer has the explosive athleticism of his youth, he’s still 6’9 and he’s still an incredibly talented ball-handler, playmaker and shooter. For a large part of the year, he was the Pistons starting point guard, the tallest in the league. His per-36 minute averages were 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on only 2.2 turnovers, despite a career-low usage rating of 18.6. Defensively, his length allows him to switch almost every screen and roll as well as guard all three perimeter positions. McGrady’s made the adjustment to being a role player, and he’d be a valuable piece for any of the league’s contenders. His shooting ability makes him a very effective off-the-ball player, and his positional versatility creates extremely intriguing line-ups. The gold standard for injury-plagued Hall of Famers coming off the bench at the tail end of their careers is Bill Walton in Boston. But even if McGrady doesn’t win Sixth Man of the Year, it’s easy to envision him in a role similar to Ron Harper on the late-90’s Bulls or Grant Hill on the Phoenix Suns." Via "The NBA's Underrated: Tracy McGrady" by Jonathan Tjarks at RealGm

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