NBA: Standout scorer Tracy McGrady gets Hall of Fame nod

Tracy McGrady at the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announcement in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Feb 18, 2017.
Tracy McGrady at the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announcement in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Feb 18, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) scoring champion Tracy McGrady headlines the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017 announced on Saturday (April 1).

"I couldn't believe it," the 37-year-old said on Twitter after being told of the news. "I had him repeat it again."

He won NBA scoring titles in 2002-03 at 32.1 points per game and again the following year at 28.0, both while playing for the Orlando Magic.

A seven-time NBA All-Star after being picked ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 draft, he averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 rebounds for seven teams in his 15-year NBA career.

McGrady also played for the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs.

Other inductees for 2017 include women's star Rebecca Lobo, former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, and Greek legend Nick Galis.