Regular Season: 889 games, 17.1 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 BPG, 0.7 SPG, 49.4% FG, 77.1% FT
Playoffs: 115 games, 17.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.9 BPG, 1.4 SPG, 49.6% FG, 77% FT
Accolades: 1971 ABA Championship, 2x All-ABA 2nd Team (1971-72), NBA All-Rookie 1st Team 1963), 5x All-Star - NBA (1966, '68), ABA (1971-73)
Moving back to the NBA, Beaty had one more forgettable season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Thereafter he called it quits. Through his career Big Z had the demeanor of a haughty butler (as SI put it), but he was one smart cookie on the court and was a tireless hustler whose team's never missed the playoffs until he was old and washed up on an old and washed up 1974 Lakers team. But not only did they make the playoffs every year, Zelmo's teams played in the Conference Finals 9 times out of 12 chances. That's pretty impressive. In addition he was an important figure NBA/ABA relations by virtue of being one of the few established stars to shirk the NBA for the ABA and also later being President of the ABA Players Association. Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Zelmo “Big Z” Beaty.
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