Earl boykins is a well-known basketball player of American origin, famous for his current participation with the Milwaukee bucks and for being the shortest active player in the NBA.
Earl Antoine Boykins was born on June 2, 1976 in the city of Cleveland, within the state of Ohio, United States.
He works as a Point Guard, reaching a total height of 1.65 meters and an approximate weight of 60 kilograms.
His college basketball career was developed in the Eastern Michigan University from 1995 to 1998.
In 1997 he led the United States team to win the World University Games in Italy, for which he was awarded the USA Basketball Athlete of the Year.
He was awarded the selection for the All Mid American Conference, and in 1998 he came second in the NCAA tables with a total of 26.8 points per game.
In 1999 he was hired by the New Jersey Nets, becoming the shortest active player in the National Basketball Association, just second behind Muggsy Bogues (1.60 meters).
From this moment on, his time at different institutions was due in large part to the fact that his short stature did not allow him to defend against players taller than him.
Despite being one of the fastest and most skilled players in the NBA, this double-edged sword was quite a risk to use on the court, so he was kept as a substitute to inject energy into the team.
The Nets decided to transfer him immediately after signing the contract so he became part of the Cleveland Cavaliers who in turn loaned him to the Orlando Magic in 1999.
During the 2001-02 season he was part of Los Angeles Clippers with which he demonstrated his ability in a total of 68 games.
Unfortunately, he had to miss 38 games because he was on the disabled list due to a problem with the sole of his left foot.
Within the Clippers he was one of the game’s best point guards, since it was very easy for him to evade all his markers to create assists for his teammates.
In this way it was very common to see in his statistics scores as 15 points and 6 assists, or 9 assists as it was against Denver on January 10, 2002.
In the 2002-03 season he went on to play with the Golden state warriors whom he led in assists and on multiple occasions in steals.
A funny fact that he remembers from his time in Golden State is that whenever he entered the field, the sound technicians used to play the tape “It’s a Small World”.
He was finally able to establish himself in the 2003-04 season with the Denver nuggets who offered him a permanent contract after changing the NBA defense rules.
During this time he appeared in a total of 82 games, being a starter in 3 of them. His average for the season was 12.2 points and 4.5 assists per game.
He could also achieve personal records such as an impressive 56 points total in a single game or be second in the NBA ranking in free throws.
He participated in the All-Stars Weekend in several competitions, such as skill and free throws, finishing very well positioned in both.
In the 2004-05 season, his appearances were repeated in the 82 games played by the Nuggets, being once again one of the pillars of the game setup.
During this period, he finished ranked second among the best shooters from the free throw zone, with a barely surpassed 92% of hits (279 of 303 taken).
In the 2005-06 season he was relegated to playing as a substitute and replacement, but despite this he reached new records as a total of 62 three-point shots.
In a game against the Phoenix Suns he reached a new record by scoring a total of 42 consecutive free throws without a single miss.
In the game played against the Miami Heat on December 3, 2005, he scored the triple that gave the victory to the Nuggets with only 17 seconds left to sound the alarm at the end.
On January 11, 2007 he became part of the Milwaukee bucks alongside Julius Hodge, as part of the trade for player Steve Blake.
Since then he has played alongside Andrew Bogut, Charlie Bell, Dan Gadzuric and Lynn Greer, among others, and is once again emerging as the game point guard.
All Stars Weekend 2003-04
All Stars Weekend 2004-05