There’s something incredibly enticing about watching an undersized point guard thrive in the NBA. In the case of Earl Boykins, undersized isn’t even the correct word. Standing at 5’5” 135 pounds, Boykins is the second shortest player to ever play an NBA game, the shortest being 5’3” Muggsy Bouges. However, like Bouges, Boykins didn’t let his size become a disadvantage. Instead, he used his quickness, speed, and basketball IQ to carry himself to a 13 year career.
Earl Boykins ended up having two stints in Milwaukee. The first, in the middle of the 06-07 season, the Bucks traded Steve Blake to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Boykins. In that season, Boykins played in 35 games, started 19 of them, and provided a tremendous jolt of scoring and energy to a Bucks team that desperately needed it. In 35 games, Boykins averaged 14.0 points per game while shooting 42.7% from the field and a career high 41.9% from three. He was also able to add just under 5 assists per game. Boykins best stretch of the season came from January 15th, 2007 through January 26th. In that span, he played in 7 games and averaged 21.0 points per game while shooting a ridiculous 48.6% from three. No matter how tall he was, Earl Boykins could score the ball.
Boykins second stint with the Bucks came in the 2010-11 season when he was signed as a free agent to be Brandon Jennings’ backup. In 57 games and only 15.1 minutes per game, Earl Boykins averaged 7.2 points per game while shooting 44.3% from the field and 38.0% from three. He was the spark off the bench that fans loved to get behind.
As a fellow fellow short guy who played basketball growing up, obviously not at Earl Boykins’ level, but what Boykins’ was able to do at the NBA level was nothing short of amazing. He only played in Milwaukee for 92 games but Boykins played some of the best basketball of his career in the Cream City. If Boykins played for the 2019-20 Bucks, there’s no doubt in my mind he would be a fan favorite. He would be a great scoring option off the bench and he would be another solid backup option behind Eric Bledsoe. It would be so incredibly fun to watch just like it was in 2007 and 2010-11.