Butch Beard

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Butch Beard
Personal information
Born (1947-05-04) May 4, 1947 (age 71)
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Breckinridge County
(Harned, Kentucky)
College Louisville (1966–1969)
NBA draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1969–1979
Position Guard
Number 14, 21, 9
Career history
As player:
1969–1970 Atlanta Hawks
1971–1972 Cleveland Cavaliers
1972–1973 Seattle SuperSonics
19731975 Golden State Warriors
1975 Cleveland Cavaliers
19751979 New York Knicks
As coach:
1990–1994 Howard
19941996 New Jersey Nets
2001–2006 Morgan State
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 5,622 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds 2,042 (3.4 rpg)
Assists 2,189 (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 Warriors, and the New York Knicks. He scored 5,622 career points and represented Cleveland in the 1972 NBA All-Star Game.

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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