'08 Steve Francis diamond card
95 Overall
  • 87 INS
  • 88 OUT
  • 92 PLY
  • 93 ATH
  • 80 DEF
  • 58 REB

Well Worth the Grind

Written by donnymost68

The Spotlight Challenges are a lot, I know. It asks you to spend a lot of money, and a lot of time for a card that most likely won’t be relevant after a good month. Steve Francis, however, is not like that. Here’s why this card is worth the effort

Bought for: Spotlight Reward

Strengths:

  • Inside scoring: Francis’s bread and butter right here. HOF Relentless and his ridiculous dunk animations are a beautiful combo, making him a nightmare for most centers.
  • Free Throw/Draw Foul: This card gets to the line a lot, and his free throw is simple. It’s very easy to score with this card
  • Mid Range: Almost guaranteed. 89 doesn’t seem like a rating that would go hand in hand with this statement, but I truly don’t miss many from mid on account of his super smooth release. Off the dribble is cash too.
  • 3PT: Steady Shooter aside, Francis drops the 3s frequently. Off the dribble he can bury them with ease as well.
  • Playmaking: This card’s dribbles are so nice. He creates tons of space, and looks good doing it. Francis also makes some beautiful passes, and at a high rate.
  • Athleticism: At this stage in the game (10/13/19), Francis feels lightning fast. Unless you have Stockton or Cousy, it’s incredibly difficult to stay in front of this card or keep track of him at all lol.
  • Steal: I’ll talk about his defense briefly, but his steal is actually pretty great. He’ll usually come up with a couple rips.

Weaknesses:

  • Rebounding: He’s a PG so he’s not such a force on the boards. If any bounce over to him though he runs a great fastbreak.
  • Defense OVR: He’s not quite a liability, but it’s pretty difficult to defend w him. In the passing lanes he’s actually good, but with point guards being an actual important position in this game, on-balling is tough (even more so than it already is). Low shot contest and low perimeter defense are really the only thing hurting this card.
  • Post Game: Not necessary for this card nor is it any good

Recommended Strategy: In this game of blow-by’s, the best thing to do is run the iso and drive. At the rim he’s so difficult to stop. If you have a good defender on you, you’re gonna need a screen. He’s a great shooter, so he can get a good shot really from anywhere. Moving shots are also good ones, so be sure to take plenty of those. If you get bullied by the opposing PG when they have the ball, switch your matchup to a better defender, and have Francis guard the guy your opponent is going to the least.

Other Comments: The grind is also worth it because you don’t really lose any money if you sell back all the players required to do the challenges. You might actually make a little on account of the challenges providing a decent little bit of MT when it’s all said and done

Counters (I’m gonna try to start listing counters in my reviews lmk if this doesn’t work): John Stockton, Bob Cousy)

Use if: You want a ball-dominant athletic scoring threat with a perfectly good shot

Don’t use if: You’re not trying to grind or you prefer defensive minded point guard

Bottom Line: I’m so glad I did the challenges for this card, as he’s scary on offense, a wonderful playmaker, and he’s just a lot of fun to play with. If you want a new point guard to have fun with/lead your offense, Francis is definitely worth your time.


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