Sleepy Floyd

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Eric "Sleepy" Floyd
Personal information
Born (1960-03-06) March 6, 1960 (age 55)
Gastonia, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 172 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school Hunter Huss
(Gastonia, North Carolina)
College Georgetown (1978–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro career 1982–1995
Position Point guard
Number 21, 11, 12
Career history
1982–1983 New Jersey Nets
1983–1987 Golden State Warriors
1988–1993 Houston Rockets
1993–1994 San Antonio Spurs
1994–1995 New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 12,260 (12.8 ppg)
Assists 5,175 (5.4 apg)
Steals 1,120 (1.2 spg)
Stats at

Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd (born March 6, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Basketball career[edit]

Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Floyd received the nickname "Sleepy" playing baseball in the fourth grade, when a spectator yelled "Get that kid out of the game. He’s sleeping."[1] A 6'3" guard, Floyd played competitively at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia, and starred at Georgetown University before being drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 13th pick of the 1982 NBA draft. During the middle of an unspectacular rookie season, Floyd was traded by the Nets with Mickey Johnson to the Golden State Warriors for Micheal Ray Richardson. Floyd quickly blossomed while playing for the Warriors, averaging 16.5 points per game in his first full season with the franchise, and during the 1984–85 NBA season, he averaged a career high 19.5 points per game. Two seasons later, he averaged 18.8 points and 10.3 assists and earned a spot on the 1987 NBA All-Star Team. In December 1987, Floyd was traded with Joe Barry Carroll to the Houston Rockets for Ralph Sampson and Steve Harris, and Floyd would play 5½ seasons with the Rockets before signing as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs in 1993, a year before the Rockets would win their 2 consecutive championships. After one season in San Antonio, he returned to the New Jersey Nets, and he retired in 1995 with 12,260 career points and 5,175 career assists.

Floyd still holds the NBA playoff record for points scored in a quarter (29) and in half (39), in game 4 of the 1987 Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Floyd scored 12 consecutive field goals in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 51 points, and prevented a sweep of the Warriors by in-state rival Lakers.

Post career[edit]

After retiring from the NBA, Floyd ran a restaurant for three years, and started a financial management company. In 2004-2005, he coached junior varsity boys basketball at Gaston Day School, located in his hometown of Gastonia, NC.[2] As of 2013 he is employed as a "brand ambassador" for a bedding company, and involved in charity work.[3]

Floyd was a part of the delegation of retired NBA players that visited North Korea in a Dennis Rodman-led "basketball diplomacy" tour. He departed the tour early and avoided the media in China on the way back to the United States.[4] Floyd has since said that he was not informed of the political nature of the trip and that the agenda he was given for the trip made no mention of any game to be played in the presence of Kim Jong-un. Floyd became distressed when he became aware of the intent of the trip, and he did not participate in the game.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catching up with Sleepy Floyd
  2. ^ WHERE ARE THEY NOW? / Eric "Sleepy" Floyd / Ex-Warrior's next venture -- coaching by Mark Fainaru-Wada, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2001. Retrieved December 4th, 2013.
  3. ^ Interview with Eric 'Sleepy' Floyd by Jassum Gloster, The Celebrity Cafe, January 19, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ [1]

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