Earl Boykins

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Earl Boykins
Earl Boykins Bucks.jpg
Boykins with the Milwaukee Bucks, in 2011
Personal information
Born (1976-06-02) June 2, 1976 (age 42)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Listed weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Career information
High school Cleveland Central Catholic
(Cleveland, Ohio)
College Eastern Michigan (1994–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2012
Position Point guard
Number 7, 5, 11, 12, 6
Career history
1998–1999 Rockford Lightning
1999 New Jersey Nets
1999 Cleveland Cavaliers
1999 Orlando Magic
2000 Cleveland Cavaliers
20002002 Los Angeles Clippers
2002–2003 Golden State Warriors
20032007 Denver Nuggets
20072008 Milwaukee Bucks
2008 Charlotte Bobcats
2008–2009 Virtus Bologna
2009–2010 Washington Wizards
2010–2011 Milwaukee Bucks
2012 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards

Earl Boykins (born June 2, 1976)[1] is a former American professional basketball player. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second-shortest player in NBA history behind Muggsy Bogues, who was 5 feet, 3 inches tall. He is currently the head coach for the Douglas County High School varsity basketball team.[2]

Early life[edit]

Boykins was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1976. As a child his 5' 8" father, Willie Williams, would sneak Boykins into a gym in his gym bag. Boykins grew up playing in recreational leagues with his father and other grown men.[3] Boykins played high school basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic High School where he averaged 24.6 points per game and led the school to a 23–2 record as a senior. In 2015, The Plain Dealer ranked him the best Cleveland-area high school basketball player of the 1990s.[4] Eastern Michigan and Iowa were the only two Division I basketball programs to offer Boykins an athletic scholarship, though Iowa later withdrew its offer.[5][6]

College[edit]

Boykins played college basketball at Eastern Michigan University from 1994 to 1998. Eastern Michigan won the MAC Tournament in 1996 and 1998. He earned All-Mid-American Conference first-team honors in his junior and senior year. Also, during his senior season, Boykins was second in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in scoring, with an average of 26.8 points per game. He holds the career record for total assists (624) at Eastern Michigan University.[1] In his last game he scored 18 points in a losing effort to Michigan State.[citation needed] On February 27, 2011, Boykins' No. 11 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters in a ceremony at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center.[7]

Pro career[edit]

First NBA Stint[edit]

Boykins was never drafted by an NBA team, but he was signed to short-term contracts by five different NBA teams before signing a five-year, $13.7 million contract with the Denver Nuggets prior to the 2003-2004 season.[8] On November 11, 2004, Boykins scored 32 points in a 117–109 Nuggets' home win over the Detroit Pistons, making him the shortest player in NBA history to score 30 or more points during a game.[9] After spending three full seasons and a portion of a fourth season with Denver, Boykins was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in January 2007.[10] After finishing the season in Milwaukee, Boykins opted out of his contract; he later signed with the Charlotte Bobcats partway through the 2007-2008 season and finished the season there.[11]

Italy[edit]

Following the 2007–08 NBA season, Boykins was an unrestricted free agent. Instead of signing with an NBA team, he decided to play basketball in Europe and signed a one-year, $3.5 million net income contract with Virtus Bologna of the Italian A League.[12] The one-year deal made Boykins the highest-paid basketball player in the Italian League and included income from Bologna's sponsorship and marketing arms, which is not an option for NBA players because of salary-cap restrictions.[13]

On December 26, 2008, it was announced by Virtus general manager Claudio Sabatini that Boykins was cut from the club due to behavioral issues after Boykins flew home to the United States in order to see his sick son.[14][15] However, a few days later it was announced that Boykins was staying with the club.[16][17] On April 26, 2009, his team won the EuroChallenge Cup by defeating Cholet Basket. In June 2009, he was released by Virtus.

Return to NBA[edit]

Boykins signed with the Washington Wizards in November 2009, making his return to the National Basketball Association. Boykins was a much-needed addition to the Wizards, after guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the current season after a misdemeanor gun possession charge stemming from a locker room incident. In the December 2, 2009, game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Boykins sank two free throws to clinch the Wizards' victory.

On August 19, 2010, the Bucks signed him to a one-year deal.[18] Boykins signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets on March 26, 2012.[19] Boykins has not played in the NBA since.

The Basketball Tournament (TBT)[edit]

In the summer of 2017, Boykins competed in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for Paul Champions. Competing for the $2 million grand prize, Boykins helped lead his team to two victories in the TBT Jamboree which secured Paul Champions' spot as one of the 64 teams in the tournament. During the Jamboree, Boykins averaged 24.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. In their first-round match up, Boykins scored a game-high 25 points, helping the Champions to a 78-74 victory over the Talladega Knights; a team led by former NBA players Josh Boone and Gary Forbes. Boykins and the Champions would eventually fall in the second-round to the number one seeded Untouchables. [20]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 New Jersey 5 0 10.2 .476 .200 .000 .8 1.2 .2 .0 4.2
1998–99 Cleveland 17 0 10.0 .345 .154 .667 .8 1.6 .3 .0 2.6
1999–00 Orlando 1 0 8.0 .750 .000 .000 1.0 3.0 .0 .0 6.0
1999–00 Cleveland 25 0 10.1 .473 .400 .783 1.0 1.8 .5 .0 5.3
2000–01 L.A. Clippers 10 0 14.9 .397 .125 .824 1.1 3.2 .5 .0 6.5
2001–02 L.A. Clippers 68 2 11.2 .400 .310 .770 .8 2.1 .3 .0 4.1
2002–03 Golden State 68 0 19.4 .429 .377 .865 1.3 3.3 .6 .1 8.8
2003–04 Denver 82 3 22.5 .419 .322 .877 1.7 3.6 .6 .0 10.2
2004–05 Denver 82 5 26.4 .413 .337 .921 1.7 4.5 1.0 .1 12.4
2005–06 Denver 60 0 25.7 .410 .346 .874 1.4 3.8 .8 .1 12.6
2006–07 Denver 31 4 28.3 .413 .373 .908 2.0 4.3 .8 .1 15.2
2006–07 Milwaukee 35 19 33.0 .427 .419 .886 2.2 4.5 .9 .0 14.0
2007–08 Charlotte 36 0 16.0 .355 .318 .831 .9 2.7 .4 .0 5.1
2009–10 Washington 67 1 16.7 .427 .317 .865 1.1 2.6 .4 .0 6.6
2010–11 Milwaukee 57 0 15.1 .443 .380 .841 1.0 2.5 .7 .1 7.2
2011–12 Houston 8 0 13.9 .333 .222 .867 1.4 2.1 .1 .0 4.9
Career 652 34 19.9 .417 .348 .876 1.3 3.2 .6 .1 8.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Denver 5 0 24.2 .444 .357 .857 2.4 3.8 1.0 .2 13.4
2005 Denver 5 1 30.4 .397 .000 .895 1.0 3.8 .8 .2 14.2
2006 Denver 5 0 28.0 .322 .211 .795 1.4 4.0 .8 .0 11.0
Career 15 1 27.5 .389 .225 .837 1.6 3.9 .9 .1 12.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bio". Nba.com. 1976-06-02. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ http://www.maxpreps.com/blogs/maxwire-national-blog/le9Ub7g4yEWnOcsl3qX_iQ/former-nba-point-guard-earl-boykins-taking-over-colorado-high-school-basketball-program.htm
  3. ^ Wolff, Alexander (November 17, 1997). "The Best Little Player in America if You Believe the Official Listings, Eastern Michigan's Senior Point Guard, Earl Boykins, Keeps Getting Smaller as His Scoring Grows". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Wright, Branson (February 13, 2015). "Earl Boykins takes top spot on Plain Dealer All-Decade basketball team for 1990s (photos, video, poll)". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Yantz, Tom (March 16, 1996). "Confident Guards Run Eastern Michigan's Game". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Bacon, John U. (March 3, 2011). "Earl Boykins: The little guy that outlasted them all". Michigan Radio. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Earl Boykins' No. 11 Jersey To Be Retired Sunday, Feb. 27". Emueagles.com. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  8. ^ Broussard, Chris (2003-11-09). "Inside the N.B.A.; At 5-5, Boykins Has Overcome Big Obstacles". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  9. ^ "Boykins adds career-high 32 in win". Sports.espn.go.com. 2004-11-11. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Bucks get Boykins in trade with Nuggets". Reuters. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  11. ^ Finnan, Bob (2008-02-01). "Boykins Signs with Bobcats". News-Herald.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  12. ^ "Cats' Boykins latest NBA player to bolt for Europe, signs $3.5 million net pay deal". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  13. ^ "ESPN.com Boykins' deal includes part of the team's marketing and sponsorships". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  14. ^ Matteo Manna. "Boykins cut from Virtus for behavior". Tripladoppia.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  15. ^ Tjarks, Jonathan (2012-03-12). "Boykins cut by Virtus Bologna". Realgm.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  16. ^ "Agent: Boykins to stay in Italy". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  17. ^ Talkbasket.net Boykins to stay with Virtus. Archived January 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Bucks sign point guard Boykins to one-year deal". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 19, 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ Rockets sign Earl Boykins to 10-day contract
  20. ^ https://www.mystatsonline.com/basket/visitor/league/card/card_basket.aspx?IDLeague=43627&IDPlayer=347646

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