He was known for his crossover dribble, driving ability, and flashy dunks. He was given the nickname The Franchise. He was selected with the second overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. Three-time NBA All-Star, while playing for the Houston Rockets. Francis also played for the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks, finishing his career with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
In March of 2018, Steve Francis — the former draft pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies, who forced the franchise to trade him after drafting him — penned a gripping letter for “The Players Tribune,” talking about growing up in the urban Washington, D.C. area.