Earl Boykins

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Earl Boykins

Boykins with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1976-06-02) June 2, 1976 (age 36)
Cleveland, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
High schoolCleveland Central Catholic
Listed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Listed weight 133 lb (60 kg)
Career information
CollegeEastern Michigan (1994–1998)
NBA Draft1998 / Undrafted
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
1998–1999Rockford Lightning (CBA)
1999New Jersey Nets
1999Cleveland Cavaliers
1999Orlando Magic
2000Cleveland Cavaliers
20002002Los Angeles Clippers
2002–2003Golden State Warriors
20032007Denver Nuggets
20072008Milwaukee Bucks
2008Charlotte Bobcats
2008–2009Virtus Bologna (Italy)
2009–2010Washington Wizards
2010–2011Milwaukee Bucks
2012Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards

 
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Earl Boykins

Boykins with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1976-06-02) June 2, 1976 (age 36)
Cleveland, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
High schoolCleveland Central Catholic
Listed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Listed weight 133 lb (60 kg)
Career information
CollegeEastern Michigan (1994–1998)
NBA Draft1998 / Undrafted
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
1998–1999Rockford Lightning (CBA)
1999New Jersey Nets
1999Cleveland Cavaliers
1999Orlando Magic
2000Cleveland Cavaliers
20002002Los Angeles Clippers
2002–2003Golden State Warriors
20032007Denver Nuggets
20072008Milwaukee Bucks
2008Charlotte Bobcats
2008–2009Virtus Bologna (Italy)
2009–2010Washington Wizards
2010–2011Milwaukee Bucks
2012Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards

Earl Antoine Boykins (born June 2, 1976)[2] is an American professional basketball player who has most recently played for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. 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.[2] His NBA listed weight is 133 pounds. Despite his light weight, he is reportedly able to bench press 315 pounds.[2]

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College

A 1994 graduate of Cleveland Central Catholic High School, 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.[2] 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 the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.[3]

Pro career

NBA

Boykins was never drafted by an NBA team, but he was signed to short-term contracts by various NBA teams. The organization he spent the most time with was the Denver Nuggets, as he played for them from the 2003–04 season to about midway through the 2006–07 season. 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.[4]

Italy

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, as he signed a one-year, $3.5 million net income contract with Virtus Bologna of the Italian A League.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8] However, a few days later it was announced that Boykins was staying with the club.[9][10] In June 2009 he was released by Virtus.

Return to NBA

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 1 year deal.[11] Boykins signed with the Houston Rockets on March 26, 2012.[12]

Career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99New Jersey 5 0 10.2 .476 .200 .000 .8 1.2 .2 .0 4.2
1998–99Cleveland 17 0 10.0 .345 .154 .667 .8 1.6 .3 .0 2.6
1999–00Orlando 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
2000–01L.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
2002–03Golden State 68 0 19.4 .429 .377 .865 1.3 3.3 .6 .1 8.8
2003–04Denver82 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 4.5.9.2 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
2006–07Milwaukee 35 1933.0 .427 .419 .886 2.24.5.9 .0 14.0
2007–08Charlotte 36 0 16.0 .355 .318 .831 .9 2.7 .4 .0 5.1
2009–10Washington 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 .0 7.2
2011–12Houston 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 .0 8.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04Denver5 0 24.2 .444.357 .857 2.4 3.8 1.0.2 13.4
2004–05 Denver 5130.4 .397 .000 .895 1.0 3.8 .8 .214.2
2005–06 Denver 5 0 28.0 .322 .211 .765 1.4 4.0 .8 .0 11.0
Career 15 1 27.5 .389 .225 .837 1.6 3.9 .9 .1 12.9

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