Former American professional basketball player, Steven D’Shawn Francis is most popularly known as Steve Francis or by his nickname, The Franchise. In his first season, he earned the title of the NBA Rookie of the Year, having been picked second overall in Round 1 of the 1999 NBA draft. His career history involves playing for top NBA teams such as Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and New York Knicks.
He retired with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks team. Fans fondly remember him for his crossover dribble besides his flashy slam dunks and impressive driving ability. He has an estimated net worth of $45 million US dollars. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland in 1977, Francis was referred to by his nickname Wink. When his mother passed away of cancer in 1995, his grandmother stepped up to be his parental figure.
Francis attended the Montgomery Blair Silver Spring high school in Maryland. After graduating, he joined the San Jacinto College, Texas from 1996-1997. He then transferred to the Allegany College of Maryland in 1997-1998. His popularity increased manifold when he became the first player to take two undefeated teams to the National Junior College tournament.
Steve Francis was originally selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1999 NBA draft but he chose not to sign with them. Before the 1999-2000 season started, he was then traded to the Houston Rockets. This deal became the largest trade in the history of NBA at the time, having brought in the likes of Brent Price, Othella Harrington, Michael Dickinson and Antoine Carr.
His first year at the Rockets, he earned the Rookie of the Year award and was runners-up in 2000’s Slam Dunk Contest. Francis became the NBA All-Star Game starter for three consecutive years, 2002-2004. He had averaged a total of 19.3 points in 374 games while with the Rockets.
The Rockets then traded Francis to Orlando magic and averaged 21.3 points per game in his first season there. He was known for his run-n-gun offense play while with Orlando from 2004-2006.
He was then traded to the New York Knicks and made his debut when the Knicks faces the New Jersey Nets. Francis was suffering from a chronic tendinitis injury in his right knee which affected his game play. During the 2006-2007 season, he only averaged 11.3 points per game.
On the draft night of 2007, the Knicks traded Francis to the Portland Trail Blazers but he continued to be actively pursued by the Houston Rockets, the L. A. Clippers, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. He eventually chose to go back to the Houston Rockets but only averaged 5.5 points per game in ten games.
His season ended as he entered surgery for a recurring quadriceps tendon injury. As he was recovering, he was unable to play any games during the 2008-2009 season with the Rockets.
The Rockets traded Francis to the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2008 but the latter waived the player in 2009, without him having played a game for them.
In 2010, he signed with Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks and averaged only 0.5 points per game in over four games. He left the team a month later, to finally return to the United States.
How much is Steve Francis Net Worth in 2017
Francis played a total of 576 games throughout his career and started 543 of them. He averaged a total of 18.1 points per game during this time. As an All-Star, he played 3 games, starting all three himself. He averaged a total of 12 points per game. He has an estimated net worth of $45 million US dollars as of 2017.
Francis is known for his generosity when he sponsored a dinner for displaced students when a tornado struck his alma mater in 2001. Maryland honored Francis’ #23 jersey in a ceremony in 2002. After his basketball career ended, he pursued various entrepreneurial projects such as boxing promotions, a barbershop, a construction company, the We R One clothing line and the Mazerati Music hip-hop record label.