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Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd (born March 6, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player.

Sleepy Floyd
Personal information
Born (1960-03-06) March 6, 1960 (age 59)
Gastonia, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight172 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High schoolHunter Huss
(Gastonia, North Carolina)
CollegeGeorgetown (1978–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1982–1995
PositionPoint guard
Number21, 11, 12
Career history
1982–1983New Jersey Nets
19831988Golden State Warriors
19881993Houston Rockets
1993–1994San Antonio Spurs
1994–1995New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points12,260 (12.8 ppg)
Assists5,175 (5.4 apg)
Steals1,120 (1.2 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Basketball careerEdit

Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Floyd received the nickname "Sleepy" playing baseball in the fourth grade, when a spectator yelled "Get that kid out of the game. He’s sleeping."[1] A 6'3" guard, Floyd played competitively at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia. During Floyd's junior season at Hunter Huss High, he led his team to win in the 1977 North Carolina state basketball championship over rival Ashbrook High, a team led by James Worthy. He also starred at Georgetown University where he is a member of the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame.

At Georgetown, Floyd excelled all four seasons, leading the team in scoring in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and was team Captain in 1981 and 1982. Floyd was named an All-Big East selection in 1980, 1981, 1982, and an All-America in 1981 and 1982. Georgetown's leading scorer in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982, Floyd still holds the Georgetown record for Career Points, #1 (2,304)[2] a record that has stood for thirty-seven years.

Floyd was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 13th pick of the 1982 NBA draft. During the middle of an unspectacular rookie season, Floyd was traded by the Nets with Mickey Johnson to the Golden State Warriors for Micheal Ray Richardson. Floyd quickly blossomed while playing for the Warriors, averaging 16.8 points per game in his first full season with the franchise, and during the 1984–85 NBA season, he averaged a career high 19.5 points per game. Two seasons later, he averaged 18.8 points and 10.3 assists and earned a spot on the 1987 NBA All-Star Team.

In December 1987, Floyd was traded with Joe Barry Carroll to the Houston Rockets for Ralph Sampson and Steve Harris, and Floyd would play 5½ seasons with the Rockets before signing as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs in 1993, a year before the Rockets would win their 2 consecutive championships. After one season in San Antonio, he returned to the New Jersey Nets, and he retired in 1995 with 12,260 career points and 5,175 career assists.

Floyd still holds the NBA playoff record for points scored in a quarter (29) and in half (39), in game 4 of the 1987 Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Floyd scored 12 consecutive field goals in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 51 points, and prevented a sweep of the Warriors by in-state rival Lakers.

Post careerEdit

After retiring from the NBA, Floyd ran a restaurant for three years, and started a financial management company. In 2004-2005, he coached junior varsity boys' basketball at Gaston Day School, located in his hometown of Gastonia, NC.[3]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1982–83 New Jersey 43 6 11.5 .426 .286 .844 1.0 1.6 0.4 0.2 5.3
1982–83 Golden State 33 11 22.8 .431 .545 .830 2.9 2.2 1.2 0.2 11.7
1983–84 Golden State 77 73 33.2 .463 .178 .816 3.5 3.5 1.3 0.4 16.8
1984–85 Golden State 82 82 35.0 .445 .294 .810 2.5 5.0 1.6 0.5 19.5
1985–86 Golden State 82 82 33.7 .506 .328 .796 3.6 9.1 1.9 0.2 17.2
1986–87 Golden State 82 82 37.4 .488 .384 .860 3.3 10.3 1.8 0.2 18.8
1987–88 Golden State 18 18 37.8 .439 .050 .835 5.1 9.9 1.5 0.1 21.2
1987–88 Houston 59 55 31.1 .431 .250 .860 3.5 6.2 1.2 0.2 13.1
1988–89 Houston 82 82 34.0 .443 .373 .845 3.7 8.6 1.5 0.1 14.2
1989–90 Houston 82 73 32.1 .451 .380 .806 2.4 7.3 1.1 0.1 12.2
1990–91 Houston 82 4 22.6 .411 .273 .752 1.9 3.9 1.2 0.2 12.3
1991–92 Houston 82 3 20.3 .406 .301 .794 1.8 2.9 0.7 0.3 9.1
1992–93 Houston 52 10 16.7 .407 .286 .794 1.7 2.5 0.6 0.1 6.6
1993–94 San Antonio 53 2 13.9 .335 .222 .667 1.3 1.9 0.2 0.2 3.8
1994–95 New Jersey 48 1 17.3 .335 .284 .698 1.1 2.6 0.3 0.1 4.1
Career 957 584 27.6 .444 .324 .815 2.6 5.4 1.2 0.2 12.8
All-Star 1 0 19.0 .571 .333 .714 5.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 14.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1987 Golden State 10 10 41.4 .507 .464 .922 3.0 10.2 1.8 0.2 21.4
1988 Houston 4 4 38.5 .426 .500 .864 1.8 8.5 2.0 0.0 18.8
1989 Houston 4 4 40.0 .478 .533 .714 4.5 6.5 2.0 0.3 15.5
1990 Houston 4 4 43.0 .469 .250 .647 3.8 10.3 1.3 0.3 18.5
1991 Houston 3 0 13.7 .333 .000 0.7 2.3 0.7 0.3 5.3
1993 Houston 7 0 8.6 .316 .333 .700 0.6 1.1 0.3 0.0 2.9
1994 San Antonio 4 0 9.3 .250 .500 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 1.5
Career 36 22 28.8 .457 .414 .814 2.1 6.1 1.2 0.1 13.0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Catching up with Sleepy Floyd NBA.com
  2. ^ "Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100 Players". www.hoyabasketball.com. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  3. ^ WHERE ARE THEY NOW? / Eric "Sleepy" Floyd / Ex-Warrior's next venture -- coaching by Mark Fainaru-Wada, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2001. Retrieved December 4, 2013.

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