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Judging Francisco Garcia

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Let me start with this - Francisco Garcia is not as good or as valuable to his team as Bobby Jackson was when he played here. To compare Cisco to B-Jax would be unfair to both of them, at least at this point in Garcia's career.

But I was looking at Garcia's numbers the other day and I was startled at how similar they are to Jackson's 2000-01 season. B-Jax had better numbers in 2001-02 and 2002-03, but he played 81 games in 2000-01, while the following seasons were shortened by injury.

Jackson in 2000-01: 11.1 pts. on 44% field & 81% line, 3.1 rebs., 2 asts., .9 stls., .1 blks., 1.2 to's.

Garcia this year(not including tonight): 11.6 pts. on 45% field & 76% line, 3.3 rebs., 1.4 asts., 1.1 stls., .6 blks., 1.5 to's.

Close, no?

There are some other similarities. Both players have a flare for the dramatic, both players play with tremendous heart. On the other hand, I don't recall B-Jax making as many knuckleheaded plays as Garcia.

I believe that Garcia is scheduled to make $1.4 million next year, and then the Kings have an option at $2.2 million the following year, so the Kings still have some time to make up their mind on Francisco, and he still has some time to increase his value.

So how do you feel about the development of Francisco Garcia? Could he one day have the impact on this team that Bobby Jackson once had?