Friday, July 16, 2010

Earl Boykins 165 cm Short athlete

Short Athlete -- United States United States
Earl Boykins 165 cm Shortest active player currently in National Basketball Association. Short athlete.Earl Boykins (born June 2, 1976, in Cleveland, Ohio)  is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. 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. His NBA listed weight is 133 pounds. Despite his light weight, he is reportedly able to bench press 315 pounds. After playing with the pro club Virtus Bologna in the 2008-2009 season, he signed with the Washington Wizards on November 11, 2009. the Eleventh short athlete in the world. Short athlete.

High school

Short athlete: Boykins played high school basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic High School in Cleveland's Slavic Village. Short athlete.


Short athlete: Boykins played college basketball at Eastern Michigan University from 1994 to 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. Short athlete.


Short athlete: 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. Short athlete.

Washington Wizards

Short athlete: 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. Short athlete.

Career statistics

  GPGames 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


Short athlete: 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. 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. 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. However, a few days later it was announced that Boykins was staying with the club. In June 2009 he was released by Virtus and he's now a member of the Washington Wizards in light of recent injuries to the Wizards backcourt. Short athlete. See also ــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ