Steve Francis

Steven D'Shawn Francis (born February 21, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player.wikipedia
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Orlando Magic

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Francis also played for the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks, finishing his career with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Dominique Wilkins, and Hedo Türkoğlu have played for the club throughout its young history.

1999 NBA draft

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He was selected with the second overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season. Francis was selected second in the 1999 NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Chinese Basketball Association

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Francis also played for the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks, finishing his career with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Notable imports include former NBA All-Stars Stephon Marbury, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, Steve Francis, and Metta World Peace — as well as several NBA veterans who would become CBA All-Stars — Michael Beasley, Aaron Brooks, Jimmer Fredette, Al Harrington, Lester Hudson, Kenyon Martin, Randolph Morris, Shavlik Randolph, and J. R. Smith.

1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies season

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Francis was selected second in the 1999 NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
After finishing the lockout season with the worst record, the Grizzlies selected Steve Francis with the second pick in the 1999 NBA draft.

Houston Rockets

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He was a three-time NBA All-Star while playing for the Houston Rockets.
After the 1999 draft, the Rockets traded for the second overall pick Steve Francis from the Vancouver Grizzlies, in exchange for four players and a first-round draft pick.

List of NBA All-Stars

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He was a three-time NBA All-Star while playing for the Houston Rockets.

Takoma Park, Maryland

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Francis was born and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland.
A gymnasium was requested by the city's youth sports leagues after lobbying from Steve Francis, the NBA basketball player, who grew up in Takoma Park; but funding was not identified.

1999–2000 Houston Rockets season

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Francis got his wish, being traded before the 1999–2000 season began to the Houston Rockets in a three-team, 11-player deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr and Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies.
This season is memorable when the Rockets acquired future three-time All-Star Steve Francis in a trade from the Grizzlies, who drafted him with the 2nd pick in the 1999 NBA draft.

Idan Ravin

While a member of the Terrapins, Francis met Idan Ravin, who at the time was coaching youth basketball.
When coaching youth basketball in 1999, Ravin's work caught the attention of Steve Francis, a native of Takoma Park, Maryland.

Elton Brand

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Francis soon began attending Ravin's workouts and recommended Ravin as trainer to fellow college players, including Elton Brand.
He ended the season with averages of 20.1 points and 10 rebounds per game, and he shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis.

Maryland Terrapins men's basketball

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Francis transferred to Maryland in 1998 for his junior season.

San Jacinto College

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Francis completed his GED after receiving an offer to play college basketball for San Jacinto College, whose coaches had noticed him at an Amateur Athletic Union tournament.

2002 NBA All-Star Game

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In his third season, Francis was chosen by fans to start the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, but ended up playing only 55 games due to a foot injury and recurring Ménière's-induced migraines.
Steve Francis, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan completed the Western Conference starting positions.

2004–05 Orlando Magic season

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At first, Francis was unhappy with the trade to Orlando, but he adapted to his new environment.
During the offseason, the Magic acquired All-Star guard Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley from the Houston Rockets, and signed free agent Hedo Turkoglu.

Cuttino Mobley

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While the coach sought to focus the team's offense on Yao Ming, the Rockets ended up trading Francis, along with his best friend on the team, Cuttino Mobley, as well as Kelvin Cato, for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, and Reece Gaines.
Mobley started at the shooting guard position, where he and Steve Francis formed one of the NBA's elite scoring backcourts.

Othella Harrington

Francis got his wish, being traded before the 1999–2000 season began to the Houston Rockets in a three-team, 11-player deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr and Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies.
After three seasons in Houston, Harrington was traded on August 27, 1999 by the Rockets along with Antoine Carr, Brent Price, Michael Dickerson and a future first-round draft choice to the Vancouver Grizzlies as part of a three-way deal in which the Rockets received the draft rights to Steve Francis, Tony Massenburg from the Grizzlies, and Don MacLean and future first-round draft choice from the Orlando Magic, and the Magic received Michael Smith, Rodrick Rhodes, Lee Mayberry and Makhtar N'Diaye from the Grizzlies.

Yao Ming

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While the coach sought to focus the team's offense on Yao Ming, the Rockets ended up trading Francis, along with his best friend on the team, Cuttino Mobley, as well as Kelvin Cato, for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, and Reece Gaines. As a result, the Rockets posted a dismal 28–54 record, landing them into the lottery, where they selected 7'6" Chinese center Yao Ming with the first pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Francis and Yao gelled their first season together, and were selected as 2003 NBA All-Star Game starters. Francis scored a career-high 44 points in a nationally televised home win against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 17, 2003. The team went 43–39, again missing the playoffs.
In the summer of 2004, the Rockets acquired Tracy McGrady from the Orlando Magic in a seven-player trade that also sent Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley to Orlando.

2003 NBA All-Star Game

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As a result, the Rockets posted a dismal 28–54 record, landing them into the lottery, where they selected 7'6" Chinese center Yao Ming with the first pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Francis and Yao gelled their first season together, and were selected as 2003 NBA All-Star Game starters. Francis scored a career-high 44 points in a nationally televised home win against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 17, 2003. The team went 43–39, again missing the playoffs.
Steve Francis, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan completed the Western Conference starting positions.

2004 NBA All-Star Game

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Even though Francis made the All-Star game for a third straight year his stats declined in 2003–04, dropping from 21.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 6.2 APG to 16.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 6.2 APG.
Steve Francis, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, and Tim Duncan completed the Western Conference starting positions, making it also the same starting line-up as the previous year.

Michael Dickerson

Francis got his wish, being traded before the 1999–2000 season began to the Houston Rockets in a three-team, 11-player deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr and Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies.
He was reluctantly traded in 1999 to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Vancouver's draft pick, Steve Francis, who had demanded a trade because he did not want to play for Vancouver.

Double-double (basketball)

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In a game for Allegany, Francis recorded a quadruple double against Shawn Marion and Vincennes University.

Brent Price

Francis got his wish, being traded before the 1999–2000 season began to the Houston Rockets in a three-team, 11-player deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr and Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies.
On August 27, 1999, he was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies as part of a 3-team deal together with Antoine Carr, Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington and a 1st round draft pick for Steve Francis and Tony Massenburg.

Trevor Ariza

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On February 22, 2006, one day before the NBA's trade deadline, Francis was traded to the New York Knicks for small forward Trevor Ariza and the expiring contract of shooting guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway.
In February 2006, Ariza was traded along with Penny Hardaway to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Steve Francis.

Kelvin Cato

While the coach sought to focus the team's offense on Yao Ming, the Rockets ended up trading Francis, along with his best friend on the team, Cuttino Mobley, as well as Kelvin Cato, for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, and Reece Gaines.
With Yao Ming as the Rockets' new starting center, the Rockets traded Cato in a seven-player deal that sent Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, and Cato to the Orlando Magic for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, and Reece Gaines.

2007 NBA draft

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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; Portland then bought out the remaining two years of Francis's contract for a reported $30 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks were also involved in a multi-player trade that sent Zach Randolph to the Knicks and Steve Francis to the Blazers.