Byron Beck

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Byron Beck
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No. 40
Forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1945-01-25) January 25, 1945 (age 69)
Ellensburg, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Kittitas (Kittitas, Washington)
College Columbia Basin CC (1963–1965)
Denver (1965–1967)
NBA draft 1967 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1967–1977
Career history
19671977 Denver Rockets / Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 8,603 (11.5 ppg)
Rebounds 5,261 (7.0 rpg)
Assists 978 (1.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

A. Byron Beck (born January 25, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'9" forward/center from the University of Denver, Beck was one of six players (along with Louie Dampier, Gerald Govan, Bob Netolicky, Stew Johnson, and Freddie Lewis) who participated in all nine seasons (1967–1976) of the original American Basketball Association. He played for the Denver Rockets, who later became the Denver Nuggets. Beck was not blessed with superior athleticism, but he was a hard worker known for his tenacious rebounding and efficient hook shot, and he represented Denver in two ABA All-Star Games (1969 and 1976).

Beck also played one season in the National Basketball Association after the Nuggets joined the NBA through the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, and he retired in 1977 with 8,603 career ABA/NBA points and 5,261 career rebounds. On December 16, 1977, he became the first player in the Denver franchise to have his jersey number (#40) retired.

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