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Encyclopedia > Steve Francis
Steve Francis
Position Point guard/Shooting guard
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League NBA
Team Houston Rockets
Jersey #3
Born February 21, 1977 (1977-02-21) (age 31)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Nationality American
High school Montgomery Blair
College Maryland
Draft 2nd overall, 1999
Vancouver Grizzlies
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Houston Rockets (1999–2004)
Orlando Magic (2004–2006)
New York Knicks (2006–2007)
Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
Awards 1999-00 Schick NBA Co-Rookie of the Year
3-Time NBA All-Star[1]
Official profile Player Info

Steve D'Shawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed "The Franchise"[1] and self-described as "Steve-O", his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout his career. He is known for his crossover dribble, driving ability, and flashy dunks. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Not to be confused with Silver Springs. ... Montgomery Blair High School (most often simply known as Blair) is a public high school located in Silver Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Knicks redirects here. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Rookie of the Year may refer to: Rookie of the Year (award), a sports award for the most outstanding rookie in a given season Rookie of the Year (film), a 1993 starring Thomas Ian Nicholas Rookie of the Year (album) by rapper Ya Boy Category: ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Not to be confused with Silver Springs. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article is about the sport. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... A crossover dribble is a maneuver in the game of basketball. ...

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University of Maryland

After attending San Jacinto College as a freshman and Allegany Community College as a sophomore, Francis transferred to the University of Maryland in 1998 for his junior season. The addition of Francis helped propel the Terrapins to a #5 preseason ranking. Francis made an instant impact as Maryland's starting shooting guard, scoring 17 points in the season opener against Western Carolina. Francis and the Terps gained national attention with impressive showings in the Puerto Rico Shootout and a 62-60 win over #5 Stanford in the BB&T Classic. The Terps climbed to a #2 national ranking by early December. San Jacinto College is a community college system in the Greater Houston area in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Allegany College of Maryland (or ACM) is a two-year public community college located in Cumberland, Maryland. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Terrapins finished second in the ACC in the 1998-99 season with a 13-3 record, losing only to Duke (twice) and Wake Forest. They were defeated by UNC in the semifinals of the ACC tournament. Francis was named to the All-ACC first team and the All ACC Tournament team. The Terrapins were a number 2 seed in the NCAA tournament but were defeated by St. John's in the Sweet 16. Under Francis' leadership, Maryland finished with a school record-setting 28 wins and only 6 losses and were ranked #5 in the final Associated Press poll. The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


Francis finished the season averaging 17 points per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.8 steals per game. He was a consensus second-team All-American and was named a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Awards. Although he stated he was "99% sure" he would return to Maryland for his senior season, he opted to enter the NBA draft. The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to outstanding mens and womens college basketball players. ... The Naismith College Player of the Year award, named for basketball inventor James Naismith, is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to college basketballs top male and female player. ...


On February 17, 2002, Francis' #23 jersey was honored (but not retired) by Maryland in a ceremony preceding the game against the #1 ranked Duke Blue Devils. Francis sat on the team's bench during the game and cheered as the Terrapins upset the Blue Devils 87-73. is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


NBA Career

Houston Rockets (1999-2004)

He was the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies out of the University of Maryland. He famously cried after being chosen by Vancouver, swearing the Chicago Bulls would regret selecting Elton Brand first overall instead. He also publicly announced that he did not want to play for the Grizzlies, citing the distance from his Maryland home, taxes, endorsements, and God's will. Francis was heavily criticized for his antics, especially in Vancouver.[3] The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Peekskill, New York) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Clippers and the USA National Team. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


Francis got his wish when he was subsequently traded to the Houston Rockets that summer in a three-team, 11-player blockbuster deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr and Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies. He and Brand shared Rookie of the Year honors. The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... For other uses, see Summer (disambiguation). ... Michael DeAngelo Dickerson (born June 25, 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who was a member of the Houston Rockets and Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies. ... Othella Harrington #24 of the Chicago Bulls attempts to pass against Primoz Brezec #7 of the Charlotte Bobcats during the fourth quarter at the United Center on January 27, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Antoine Labotte Carr (born July 23, 1961) is a retired 16-year National Basketball Association journeyman player well known for the sunglass shades he wore onto the court. ... Hartley Brent Price (born December 9, 1968 in Shawnee, Oklahoma) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. He is the younger brother of former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Mark Price. ... Rookie of the Year may refer to: Rookie of the Year (award), a sports award for the most outstanding rookie in a given season Rookie of the Year (film), a 1993 starring Thomas Ian Nicholas Rookie of the Year (album) by rapper Ya Boy Category: ...


In his rookie year he was the runner-up to Vince Carter in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. But in Steve's third year, 2001-02, he was affected by an inner ear disorder called Ménière's disease, which gave him daily migraine headaches. The disorder, along with a foot injury, forced Francis to miss 25 games. Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... The Slam Dunk Contest is an annual NBA competition held during the week of the NBA All-Star Game. ... The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Inner ear The inner ear is the bony labyrinth, a system of passages comprising two main functional parts: the organ of hearing, or cochlea and the vestibular apparatus, the organ of balance that consists of three semicircular canals and the vestibule. ... Ménières disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance. ... For other uses, see Foot (disambiguation). ...


In Houston, he formed an electric backcourt tandem with Cuttino Mobley, and later had Yao Ming in the paint. Francis was an All-Star in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and valued for his explosiveness to the basket, but was also criticized for his perceived selfishness and labeled a liability on defense. Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... Selfishness denotes the precedence given in thought or deed to self interests and self concerns, the act of placing ones own needs or desires above the needs or desires of others. ... In sport, defense (AmE) and defence (CwE) is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. ...


When Rudy Tomjanovich stepped down in 2003, Jeff Van Gundy became the replacement coach. Jeff Van Gundy's coaching style did not fit Steve's style of play, even though he made the All Star game in the 2003-04 season; his stats declined from 21.0 PPG 6.2 APG 6.2 RPG to 16.6 PPG 5.5 RPG 6.2 APG. The Houston Rockets made the playoffs that year in 2003-04, Steve Francis's only playoff appearance. But they ran into the powerful Los Angeles Lakers and, despite a powerful and clutch performance from Francis, lost that series 4 games to 1. As his relationship with coach Van Gundy deteriorated it was apparent that the Rockets franchise wanted to go in a different direction. Ultimately, coach Jeff Van Gundy sought to make Yao the focus of the Rockets' offensive attack. However, rather than focusing the offense on Yao, the Rockets traded Francis and others for Tracy McGrady. During Francis' first tenure in Houston, he averaged 19.3 points, 6. 4 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.63 steals in 374 games (372 starts). Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Orlando Magic (2004-2006)

On June 29, 2004, Francis was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato in a seven-player deal that sent Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, and Reece Gaines to Houston. is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Kelvin T. Cato (born August 26, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is currently playing center for the Detroit Pistons. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Tyronn Jamar Lue (born on May 3, 1977 in Mexico, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Lue attended Raytown High School in Missouri. ... Clifton Reece Gaines (born January 7, 1981 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Gaines, a 6 6, 205 lb point guard played high school basketball at Madison West in his hometown. ...


At first, Francis was unhappy with the trade, but adapted to his new environment. Francis flourished in the "run n' gun" offense of interim head coach Chris Jent. After posting a career-low 16.6 points per game the previous year with the Rockets, Francis averaged 21.3 PPG, 7.0 APG and 5.8 RPG in his first season with the Magic. The Magic started out the year fast in the 2004-05 season, with Francis providing great play, getting a couple of game-winning layups early in the year. They slumped late and missed the playoffs, but it seemed the Magic were heading in a positive direction. Chris Jent (born January 11, 1970 in Orange, California) is a former professional basketball player and coach in the NBA. He grew up in Sparta, New Jersey and played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leaving in 1992 after three seasons. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


On February 5, 2006, there were rumors that he could be traded to the Denver Nuggets for Earl Watson but they were later dismissed and GM Otis Smith publicly announced that he would not trade Francis. However, rumors persisted that Francis would be traded to the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, or even back to his former team, the Houston Rockets. is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Earl Joseph Watson Jr. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... Otis Fitzgerald Smith (born January 30, 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player and current general manager of the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... Knicks redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


New York and Portland (2006-2007)

On 22 February, 2006, one day before the NBA's trade deadline, Steve Francis was traded to the New York Knicks for small forward Trevor Ariza and the expiring contract of shooting guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. Prior to the trade, the Denver Nuggets reportedly offered both Watson and Kenyon Martin for Francis, but the deal never took place. He made his Madison Square Garden debut on Friday, February 24th when the New York Knicks faced the New Jersey Nets, and scored 16 points in a 94-90 loss for the Knicks. He wore jersey #1 with the Knicks as his usual #3 was already assigned to Stephon Marbury.[1] Francis has endured a recurring injury, tendinitis in his right knee, and as a result began the 2006-07 season averaging only 11.3 ppg, as opposed to his career 18.4 ppg. He returned on February 10, 2007 vs the Utah Jazz. On March 10th, Francis hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Washington Wizards, ending one of his best games as a Knick in front of his hometown. On 2007 draft night, June 28, the Knicks traded Francis and Channing Frye to the Portland Trail Blazers for Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, and Fred Jones.[4] On July 10, the Trail Blazers bought out the remaining two years of Francis's contract for a reported $30 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.[5] is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Knicks redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Trevor Anthony Ariza (born June 30, 1985 in Miami, Florida) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... Anfernee Deon Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American NBA basketball player specializing as a point guard and shooting guard. ... Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977 in Saginaw, Michigan), is an American professional basketball player. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing point guard with the New York Knicks. ... Tendonitis (also tenonitis or tendinitis) is an inflammation of a tendon. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with their... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image:Http://sportsmedia. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Zach Randolph (born July 16, 1981 in Marion, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player currently with the New York Knicks of the NBA. // Randolph grew up in Marion, Indiana and attended Marion High School, where his coach was Moe Smedley. ... Daniel (Dan) David Dickau (born September 16, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA with the New York Knicks. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Return to Houston (2007—)

The Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and the L.A. Clippers pursued Francis.[5] On July 20, Francis chose the Rockets; signing a two-year $6 million contract with them, although the Heat offered the most money.[5] However, he has failed to make Rick Adelman's rotation coming out of the preseason. He averaged 5.5 points and 3 assists in ten games before undergoing season-ending surgery stemming from an earlier left quadriceps tendon injury.[6] The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Clippers redirects here. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16, 1946 in Lynwood, California, United States) is the incoming head coach of the Houston Rockets. ... Muscles of the iliac and anterior femoral regions. ...


Francis has also publicly said that he plans to use his contract option to come back to the Houston Rockets next year.[7]


Notes

  1. ^ a b c Francis hoping new-found maturity helps strengthen Rockets' title hopes, July 20, 2007
  2. ^ Rockets Training Camp Bios
  3. ^ CNNSI.com - NBA Basketball - Say It Ain't So: Vancouver Grizzlies - Thursday July 05, 2001 08:47 AM
  4. ^ Randolph heading to Knicks, Francis shipped to Blazers in draft-day trade
  5. ^ a b c Francis' deal with Rockets worth $6 million, July 19, 2007
  6. ^ Rockets' Francis to have season-ending knee surgery
  7. ^ Houston Chronicle, "Francis Visits"

Before arriving at Maryland, Francis became the first player to take two unbeaten teams into the National Junior College Tournament, accomplishing this with San Jacinto (Texas) in 1997 and Allegancy (Maryland) in 1998. Francis stands as one of only four players in NBA history (Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Grant Hill)to average at least 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists in each of their first six seasons. Was reported to have a 43 inch vertical leap.


Personal

He and his wife, Shelby, have a daughter, Shailyn, and a son, Steve De'Shawn Francis II. Holds the most admiration for his grandmother, Maribel Wilson, and his late mother Brenda Wilson. Received the nickname "Wink" as a youth. Invested as an owner in the "We R One" clothing line. Runs a record label called Isoh Entertainment. Started one game during his high school career, as he played just his sophomore season. Has two older brothers, Jeff Jr. and Terry, and a younger sister, Tiffany. Earlier in his career with the Rockets, attended summer school at the University of Maryland. Enjoys bowling.


External links

  • NBA.com profile
  • ClutchFans.net Steve Francis Profile - Houston Rocket Fan Site
Preceded by
Vince Carter
Co-NBA Rookie of the Year
2000 with Elton Brand
Succeeded by
Mike Miller

 
 

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