Throughout his 14-year professional career, Earl Boykins always played bigger than his 5-foot-5 frame as the second shortest NBA player in league history behind Muggsy Bogues (5-foot-3). Undrafted out of Eastern Michigan, Boykins played one season in the CBA before making a jump to the NBA with the New Jersey Nets. His best season in the NBA came during the 2006-07 season with the Denver Nuggets when Boykins averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 2 rebounds per game. After playing overseas in Italy, the Cleveland native went on to play with Washington, Milwaukee and Houston before retiring in 2012.
Post Pro Career
Since retiring from the NBA in 2012, Earl Boykins has served as head coach for the Douglas County High School varsity basketball team in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Boykins also operates Boykins Basketball Academy, which offers specialized training and sponsors youth teams.
- Earl Boykins holds the career record for total assists (624) at Eastern Michigan University
- Boykins’ No. 11 jersey was retired by Eastern Michigan University in 2011.
- 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.