Battle Of The Little Guys: Allen Iverson vs Earl Boykins
Not too many NBA players can look small next to Allen Iverson and his 6’0 160 pound frame. 5’5 130 pound Earl Boykins is the exception. Not just an exception as in he looked like a little kid next to most players in the league but the undrafted Boykins was an exceptional player lasting 14 years in the league – on 10 different NBA teams.
His best seasons were with the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged up to 14.6 points per game. But, before he went to Denver, he made a stop in Golden State and played with the 2002-2003 Warriors and this crop of youngsters with ridiculous potential: Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Troy Murphy, Antawn Jamison and Mike Dunleavy.
Nothing that exciting happened in the first meeting between the 76ers and Warriors that season but both Iverosn and Boykins had exceptional games in their 2nd match-up. Iverson put up a big stat line of 28/10/6/5 while Boykins scored 23 points off the bench in a 4 point win over the 76ers.
After the game Iverson had some kind words for Boykins.
“He played great,” Iverson said. “He showed a lot of heart for a guy that size. That speaks for itself. The guy plays with his heart and the ability that God gave him. Never under estimate
anyone on this level.”