Butch Beard

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Butch Beard
Personal information
Born (1947-05-04) May 4, 1947 (age 72)
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolBreckinridge County
(Harned, Kentucky)
CollegeLouisville (1966–1969)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1969–1979
PositionGuard
Number14, 21, 9
Career history
As player:
1969–1970Atlanta Hawks
1971–1972Cleveland Cavaliers
1972–1973Seattle SuperSonics
19731975Golden State Warriors
1975Cleveland Cavaliers
19751979New York Knicks
As coach:
1990–1994Howard
19941996New Jersey Nets
2001–2006Morgan State
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points5,622 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds2,042 (3.4 rpg)
Assists2,189 (3.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr. (born May 5, 1947) is a former professional basketball player and coach. He was the starting point guard with the 1975 NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Beard played high school basketball at Breckinridge County High School where, as a junior, he led the Bearcats to the 1964 state championship game losing to a Wes Unseld-led Louisville Seneca team. Beard and Unseld would later become roommates at the University of Louisville. In 1965, Beard led the Bearcats back to the title game, winning the state championship. Additionally, he was named the Kentucky Mr. Basketball.

Butch Beard played college basketball at the University of Louisville.

Beard was selected by the Dallas Chaparrals in the 1969 ABA draft and by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 1969 NBA draft.[1] Beard played nine seasons (1969–1970; 1971–1979) with five teams: the Atlanta Hawks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Golden State Warriors, and the New York Knicks. He scored 5,622 career points and represented Cleveland in the 1972 NBA All-Star Game. While with the Warriors he scored the last seven points of the team's 1975 NBA Championship win. Beard retired as an NBA player in 1979, last playing for the New York Knicks.

Beard later served as head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 1994 to 1996. He was also color analyst for New York Knicks games on MSG Network during the 1980s. He was the head coach at Morgan State University until he stepped down in March 2006.

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