Tracy McGrady Returns to Basketball, Joins ESPN as NBA Analyst

tracy mcgrady joins espn as NBA analyst

After Tracy McGrady retired from basketball in 2013, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. Now, having (sort of) realized that dream, it would appear that McGrady is ready to return to basketball.

On Saturday, McGrady served as a judge for the insanely awesome 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. Now ESPN has hired the former superstar as their newest NBA analyst.

According to the Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney, McGrady will primarily appear as a regular contributor on The Jump, ESPN’s new afternoon NBA show hosted by Rachel Nichols, formerly of TNT. However, McGrady will also contribute analysis for “news and information programming,” or in other words SportsCenter.

McGrady will certainly bring a valuable perspective to ESPN. He joined the NBA straight out of high school in 1997, drafted 9th overall by the Raptors. After floundering for his first three years in Toronto, McGrady signed with the Magic as a free agent and blossomed into one of the greatest scorers of his generation. From 2000-2007, he averaged 26.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, earning two NBA scoring titles (while up against the likes of Kobe and Iverson) and seven trips to the All-Star Game.

That’s the kind of guy whose opinion you want to hear, isn’t it?

The Jump premieres this Thursday at 3:30 pm ET on ESPN.

Hat Tip – [NBC Sports]

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