College: Eastern Michigan
NBA career: 12 seasons (1999-2008, 2009-12)
Teams: New Jersey Nets (1999), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999, 2000), Orlando Magic (1999), Los Angeles Clippers (2000-02), Golden State Warriors (2002-03), Denver Nuggets (2003-07), Milwaukee Bucks (2007-08, 2010-11), Charlotte Bobcats (2008), Washington Wizards (2009-10), Houston Rockets (2012)
Stats: 652 G, 8.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.2 APG, 41.7 FG%
NBA titles: None
Bottom line: The son of a Cleveland police officer who loved to play pickup basketball, Earl Boykins grew up with the simple goal of being able to beat his father one-on-one.
His dad must have been pretty good. Boykins, only 5-foot-5, told the Los Angeles Times in 2000 that "work ethic" was the main reason he was able to make it to the NBA.
That part never let up, as Boykins played in the NBA for 12 seasons. The only season he went missing from the league was when he went overseas to play for Italian pro club Virtus Bologna on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.