Toronto Raptors: 30 greatest players of all-time

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8. Tracy McGrady

In all honesty, Tracy McGrady is probably top five in terms of talent. However, longevity takes precedence in this scenario.

McGrady was a non-factor in his rookie season, he barely played, averaging just under twenty minutes per contest, his minutes went up significantly once head coach Darrell Walker resigned and was replaced by Butch Carter. He admitted that his rookie year was hell and that he would pretty much sleep up to 20 hours a day, which does sound pretty swell.

Come the 1999-2000 season, the duo of Carter and McGrady (led by Carter) began to make their mark on the NBA and the All-Star weekend of that season made the Raptors seem cool for the first time ever.

Both Carter and McGrady gave iconic performances in the Slam Dunk contest before Carter came out on top. McGrady was left playing second fiddle yet again.

McGrady was incredible in that third year, he was already a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year before moving to the starting lineup, but good lord was he ready for his own team.

McGrady was averaging 15 points, 6 rebounds, just over 3 assists and 2 blocks in his third season in Toronto. He was finally finding his feet alongside Vince Carter and the Raptors could definitely have envisioned a title opportunity in the coming years.

T-Mac had other ideas though, he wanted to The Guy on the team, not the right-hand man to Vince Carter. McGrady left in the summer of 2000 to move back to Florida and join the Magic. He went on to live up to his potential, sure. Think about what could have been though, it would have been special.