Greatest of All Time Tourney: Eastern Michigan

Earl Boykins is still floating around the NBA - literally, as you can see.

We continue on with our GOATT introductions, now with a newly expedited pace - we'd been trying to wait a bit to allow stat acquisition from the slower athletic departments, with scattershot results. Now we move on to a man that has his very own Urban Dictionary entry, and you can search that headline up above for the previous installments.

Earl is still roaming around the league in a bench role, as the photo search shows - he signed a contract with the Houston Rockets in early March of this season and made a nice $220,000 to appear in eight games for the Rockets. His story goes back a bit further than that though.

Earl Boykins (1994-98) - Earl "Man" Boykins was the second big thing to come out of Eastern Michigan after that George Gervin guy, and he was pretty impressive while he was there.

Boykins was a four year starter for the Eagles, and was crazy fast on the court for all four of them. His points per game went 12.5 - 15.5 - 19.1 - 26.8, and as he grew so did his team. They reached the NIT in his freshman year. They won the MAC Championship and a first round NCAA Tournament game against Duke in his sophomore year. In his senior year, the Eagles won the MACC again, and Earl was named MVP. Overall, the Eagles went 87-37 in Boykins' four years, and his scoring average was second in all of Division I.

After that impressive college career, he went on to become the second-shortest player in NBA history behind Muggsy Bogues and one of the better-known sixth men in the league. His production peaked in 2003-06 with the Denver Nuggets when he averaged 11 points and four assists per game while playing in every game for the Nuggets including their three postseason series in that time. He then went over to Europe instead of hanging around with the Milwaukee Bucks team he was dealt to.

He had a very brief falling out with his Victus Bologna squad in Italy during the 2007-08 season because his son back home in Cleveland was sick and he requested to return home. His team denied his request and insisted he bring his son to Italy for treatment. Earl didn't like that, so he went home ayway. Rumors swirled that he might get cut, but they were unfounded - at least at the time. Boykins was eventually released and returned to the NBA for the '09-'10 season.

Earl is still hanging around the NBA, as I mentioned with his short stint in the NBA, and may still get some play somewhere as a Derek-Fisher-esque leader/bench body. This past February ('11) his #11 was retired at EMU, so I will leave you with the highlight package that the Eagles put together for him.



X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Hustle Belt

You must be a member of Hustle Belt to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hustle Belt. You should read them.

Join Hustle Belt

You must be a member of Hustle Belt to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hustle Belt. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker