Tracy McGrady is back in the NBA

The Spurs were like a leaking radiator. Get this hole fixed and another pops open. Fix that one and the first one re-opens. While all that has been going on, several players cannot be trusted to have two good games back to back shooting wise.

The San Antonio Spurs have signed 33-year-old Tracy McGrady for the rest of the season.

San Antonio Spurs have signed veteran forward Tracy McGrady

The former All-Star and MVP candidate, McGrady last played in the NBA during the 2011-12 season, averaging 5.3 points and 16.1 minutes per game for Atlanta.

He provides good floor spacing (still a good 3-point shooter) and he’s an underrated passer, so he’s an upgrade over Jackson in both areas.

However, you have to wonder how he’ll perform on defense – it’s rough for a guy to come from playing in the Chinese Basketball Association and jump *straight* to NBA playoff basketball in the Western Conference. His minutes will be small – if he gets any – but it’ll be interesting to watch.

At the very least, he should be an able threat from the 3, and a willing, lanky 6-8 defender. I don’t think he’s as good as Capt Jack was defensively to be able to guard Durant and Lebron, but he should give more cohesion on offense. With Jack, it was almost like we were playing 4 vs 5 on offense this season. Lets see if his offense can offset the defense.
So what can we expect from him now? That’s a fair question, and while I recognize some people may be pessimistic about his contributions, I’m definitely not in that camp. I expect him to average between 12 and 20 minutes per game in the first round, particularly if we play Houston.
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