1. Tracy McGrady
From 2000-08, Tracy McGrady’s numbers were Hall of Fame-worthy. He made seven All-Star teams and was one of the NBA’s top scorers of the decade, all of which came on the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.
If McGrady’s regular season stats are looked at on Basketball-Reference, there’s no sign of him playing for the San Antonio Spurs. He only has games listed for the Magic, Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and Atlanta Hawks.
Well, on April 16, 2013, the Spurs barely slipped McGrady onto their team for the playoffs. It looked like a chance for him to win a NBA championship, even at the end of a bench that he would rarely, if ever, come off. That was the case, as Gregg Popovich played him six times for a total of 31 minutes. T-Mac did not score a point in any of those appearances.
McGrady came inches away from getting that illustrious title. Everything looked good for him in the 2013 NBA Finals, as the Spurs were ready to close out the Miami Heat. Then came the Ray Allen shot heard around the world:
This not only extended the game, but saw the Heat win. They closed out the series in Game 7 and McGrady retired two months later.
That ended any hope McGrady had of winning a title and ended his time on the Spurs, a six-game era that will have to be dug through, in order to discover that it happened. Otherwise, he’ll be known for the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, being one of the first post-Shaquille O’Neal-era stars on the Magic and forming a tandem with Yao Ming in Houston.