Erick Strickland (born November 25, 1973 in Opelika, Alabama) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on October 31, 1997.
Strickland attended the University of Nebraska leading the Huskers to two NCAA and two NIT appearances, including winning the tournament his senior season. He managed to ring up the awards while in Lincoln including being named to the all Big Eight defensive team three straight years, named All-Academic Big Eight as a junior and senior and named second team All-Big 8 in his last year.
Today, Strickland still ranks second all-time in steals for Nebraska, third in games played, fourth in 3-point field goals and fifth in assists. He was named to the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Undrafted, Strickland signed a free agent contract with the Mavs just prior to the 1996-1997 season. He saw action in 28 games, averaging 10.6 points per game, but was released on January 7, 1997. After a short stint in the CBA, Strickland resigned with the Mavericks during the offseason and played his next three years in Dallas. He posted the best numbers of his career during the 1999-2000 season, his last in Dallas, with a 12.8 ppg and 3.1 assist per game average.
Following the season, Strickland was traded, along with a 2000 second round draft pick, to New York for John Wallace and the draft rights to Donnell Harvey. He played only 28 games with the Knicks before being dealt to Vancouver where he finished the year.
His career took him to Boston in 2001-2002 and Indiana in 2002-2003 before finishing his career with two seasons in Milwaukee.
Strickland is the co-founder of www.luxuryboytoys.com, a site that handles everything from yachts and helicopters to fine jewelry and real estate for the extremely rich. For a short time, he was also a color analyst for Mavericks TV broadcasts but gave up that position to continue taking classes to enter the ministry.