Why Earl Boykins is the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to the Washington Wizards

December 24th, 2009 by Jarrett Carter Leave a reply »

Earl Boykins is something the Washington Wizards could have never expected. For better and for worse.

Really, what does it say when Ernie Grunfeld has the eye to grab a diminutive journeyman point guard that can produce on a consistent basis? It says he knows what he’s doing.

But what happens when that same diminutive point guard is your best fourth quarter scoring option ? Given all of the scoring ability on this roster, it also indicates that Grunfeld doesn’t know what he’s doing.

This is the gift and the curse of Earl Boykins, the little guy with the big game and growing expectations to match it. He is steady where Gilbert Arenas has been erratic, consistent where Caron Butler has been unreliable, and available where Antawn Jamison has been injured.

Were you to single out a Mr. Fourth Quarter at the beginning of this season, it would’ve been impossible to peg Boykins as the guy.

He wasn’t even on the opening day roster.

And therein lies the rub. The Wizards were visionary enough to go get him, but with their struggles, can ill afford to be free of him. Size be damned; B ...

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