Winford Boynes (born May 17, 1957 in Greenville, South Carolina) was taken by the Mavericks in the expansion draft, from the New Jersey Nets, prior to the team's innaugural season in 1980-1981.
Boynes attended Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he was named an All-State guard in 1974.
He attended the University of San Francisco and was named All-American in 1977 and 1978. During his tenure with the Dons, Boynes was named to the Cable Car Classic's All-Tournament team two times and was tournament MVP in 1975. As a junior he was also MVP of the All-College Tournament scoring 82 points over three games which included 40 against Arizona State in the championship game.
In March of 1977, San Francisco was 29-0 and ranked number one in the country with one game remaining. The game was against Coach Digger Phelps' Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend.
Despite Boynes' 23 points, the Dons lost 93-82 in the season finale and one week later were ousted in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament by UNLV. During his college career, he and teammates (and future NBA players) Bill Cartwright and James Hardy led San Francisco to two NCAA and one NIT appearance He averaged 19.1 points in his three seasons with San Francisco.
Drafted by New Jersey in the first round of the 1978 Draft (13th overall), Boynes was a quick swingman who could play either guard or forward. Size was his biggest asset while playing in the backcourt, as he could post up on smaller guards and shoot the jumper.
Boynes earned second team all-NBA rookie honors after averaging 9.3 points per game in the 1978-79 season. He was originally drafted to become an offense-minded backourt scorer while providing punch from the small forward position as well.
The Nets exposed him to the 1980 NBA Expansion Draft used to provide players for the Dallas Mavericks franchise.
While with Dallas, Boynes averaged 6.5 points per game in 44 games. He joined Tom LaGarde, Jerome Whitehead, Abdul Jeelani and Geoff Huston in the starting lineup for the Mavericks first regular season game against San Antonio on October 11,1980. He was Dallas' high scorer that historic evening with 21 points.
The Mavericks waived Boynes on February 19,1981 which represented the end of Boynes' NBA career.
He did, however, continue playing basketball and took his game to the professional leagues of Europe. He played in Turkey (1983-1984) and Finland (1985-1986) before finishing his pro career in France (1986-1987).
It's there that the mystery of Winford Boynes begins. As of 2013 his exact whereabout are unknown to both his friends and family. A former USF teammate has said the last he heard Boynes surrendered his United States citizenship to become a Dutch citizen and is living somewhere near Amsterdam.