After a successful NBA career which included seven All-Star appearances, two scoring titles, and seven All-NBA selections, one might think that Tracy McGrady wouldn't have much left to prove. But the former Orlando Magic superstar has decided to pursue his dream of playing pro baseball.
The Sugar Land Skeeters of the American League of Professional Baseball announced Monday that they'd invited McGrady, a right-handed pitcher, to Spring Training.
"This has been a goal of mine and it's a great challenge," McGrady said of joining the Skeeters in a statement the team released. "I'm looking forward to competing and I'm excited about this great opportunity."
The Skeeters are not affiliated with a Major League club. In addition to joining them for Spring Training, McGrady owns a stake in a minor-league franchise set to begin play in Biloxi in 2015.
Despite playing only four seasons with the Magic, McGrady ranks as the team's third all-time leading scorer with 8298 points, and his 28.1 scoring average with the team ranks first in its history. He also ranks seventh in total rebounds, seventh in assists, sixth in steals, and sixth in blocks. The Magic made him their first Legends Night honoree of their 25th anniversary season.
McGrady retired from the NBA following the 2012/13 season, during which he made six NBA Playoffs appearances for the San Antonio Spurs, averaging no points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. His career also included stints with the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets.