Steve Francis: Setting the Record Straight

My latest piece at Hardwood Paroxysm is a look-back on the career of Steve Francis:

The record must be set straight, at least for posterity. Having suffered through watching most of his career, I can lay claim to the unenviable title of authority on Francis. It matters not for the man’s legacy, but because he became one of the symbols of a dark era: the shoot-first breed of combo-point that found its way into the league earlier this decade is dying, with passing once more en vogue. But it’s unfair to pin Francis’ failures on what lay between the ears. Steve’s problem, aside from his mouth, was that he just wasn’t very good.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of

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  • Kevin

    That is absolutely brutal.

  • Chris

    While I enjoyed watching him play, I’m torn on whether his production was that bad. Especially in light of the PG problems we’re watching. You assert Francis as something, (a good scorer, phenomenal rebounder and pitiful passer) that Aaron Brooks thus far, based on their career numbers, wishes he could attain. You call his ’04 season a quit but judging by his numbers in ’04-’05, it’s his best statistical season in his career. Orlando isn’t Houston but a possible bust in Houston, he showed the capability to finish that season. I never liked his attitude, I still never wrote him off.

  • Anonymous

    I would personally take AB over Francis. I think with the right lineup, you can still win big with AB as your point guard. He’s much more efficient offensively – doesn’t need to waste time ISOing and pounding the ball into the ground, can spot up, come off screens for 3’s. Both are bad passers and defenders.

    If I have an awful team and I want to get to 40 wins, I’d take Francis. If I have a pretty good team and want to try to win bigger, I’d go with Brooks. Not sure if that makes sense. Francis is the better singular talent, but Brooks has more that can fit within a team concept.

  • Kevin

    If the NBA would adopt my idea for one-one-one position tournaments during the All-Star break we’d know the answers to these kind of questions.

  • Bob Schmidt

    You may very well be correct Rahat, but Stevie Franchise was also very exciting to watch when at his best. Houston thirsted for a hero, and Francis was the beneficiary of the goodwill of the city of Houston. He was a pop-culture icon…

  • Anonymous

    that would be great but would never happen just because of the pride involved. no star player would agree to go up against a star counterpart when he knows that if he loses, it would be taken as proof of the other’s superiority.

    a more plausible idea would be 3 on 3, with you getting to pick your team. would be interesting to see the heat trio take on paul, melo, and stoudemire.

  • Anonymous

    agreed. and in that sense, i think we’re too hard on him, ascribing bad attitude as the cause of his problems. we just expected far too much of the man. he gave us everything he had.

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