Speaking with Dante Marchitelli on the Orlando Magic Pod Squad, T-Mac picked himself and Penny Hardaway as the team's all-time best backcourt duo. He then added the likes of Grant Hill, Dwight Howard, and Shaquille O'Neal in the frontcourt.
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T-Mac's assumption is certainly spot on, as his five players have a staggering 41 combined All-Star appearances between them. A backcourt of himself and Hardaway would have struck fear even to the best guards in today's game.
Apart from both being above 6-foot-6, the lethal scoring of Tracy McGrady plus Penny's absurd playmaking would have indeed been something special.
Hill's tenure in Orlando, meanwhile, was riddled with injuries. But while healthy, the 6-foot-8 all-around star showed glimpses as to why he was once considered as the next Michael Jordan. Tracy McGrady knows this.
The interior pairing of Shaq and Dwight, on the other hand, would have simply laid waste to the competition with their supreme strength and athleticism. These two centers are largely responsible for the franchise's two Finals appearances in 1995 and 2009.
As for Tracy McGrady, his career truly took off when he signed with the Magic in the summer of 2000.
After living in his cousin Vince Carter's shadow in his early years with the Toronto Raptors, Tracy McGrady relished the chance to be his own man in Florida.
Tracy McGrady was named Most Improved Player in 2001 and soon took the leap to superstardom for the Magic. The seven-time All-Star was indeed one of the most feared bucket-getters in the early 2000's, winning the scoring title in 2003 and 2004.