Double Threat

Over 20 years ago Michael Jordan retired from his basketball career in order to pursue a career in professional baseball. Today, Tracy McGrady, another NBA All-Star, is attempting the same thing. Jordan was relatively unsuccessful, but will McGrady have better success? Take a look at how the two compare in different periods of their respective careers and how they stack up against some of the greatest multi-sport athletes of all time.

Michael Jordan

Tracy McGrady

Jordan

 

McGrady

29.2 Points 27.5
11.6 Rebounds 8.7
N/A Steals 2.8
10.1 Assists 7.7

*Data from ESPN and JockBio.com

Jordan played basketball, baseball and football in high school.

McGrady was a dominant pitcher in high school, but dedicated himself to becoming a professional basketball player. He was named High School Player of the Year by USA Today in his senior season.

Michael Jordan

 

Tracy McGrady

17.7 Points N/A
5.0 Rebounds N/A
1.7 Steals N/A
1.8 Assists N/A
54% Field Goal % N/A

*Data from sports-reference.com

Jordan played three seasons with the University of North Carolina where he was named National Player of the Year in 1984. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the third pick in the 1984 NBA Draft.

McGrady skipped college and was drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA Draft.

Michael Jordan

 

Tracy McGrady

30.1 Points 19.6
6.2 Rebounds 5.6
2.35 Steals 1.2
5.3 Assists 4.4
49.7% Field Goal % 43.5%

*Data from ESPN and NBA.com

MJ played 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, racking up six NBA championships, five MVP awards, 14 All-Star appearances, and two Slam Dunk Contest championships. He is almost universally regarded as the greatest player to play the game.

T-Mac had a long career playing for seven different teams over 17 years. He was a seven time All-Star and two time NBA scoring champion. He retired from basketball in 2013 to begin a run at professional baseball.

Michael Jordan

Batting Average .202
Home Runs 3
RBI 51
Stolen Bases 30

*Data from baseball-reference.com

Tracy McGrady

ERA 7.94
Strikeouts 0
Innings Pitched 5.2
Wins/Losses 0/2

*Data from sugarlandskeeters.com

Jordan's baseball career was short lived and less than stellar. He played one season with the Chicago White Sox minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. His father was a baseball fan and had always envisioned Michael as a professional baseball player.

McGrady began his baseball career with the Sugar Land Skeeters, a team in the independent Atlantic League. He made his first professional appearance on May 10, 2014 and gave up two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. While the beginning of his career has been rocky, McGrady has a good fastball and slider that give him future potential.

Other Successful Two Sport Athletes

Bo Jackson

Deion Sanders

Jim Brown

Jim Thorpe