12. Zelmo Beaty
One of the more physically imposing players of his day, Zelmos Beaty arrived as the third overall draft pick coming out of Prairie View A&M.  Beaty would use his size to average over 10 Rebounds per Game in six of his seven Atlanta seasons, and was also an adept scorer exceeding over 20 Points per Game three times.  He would represent the Hawks in the All Star Game twice.

Had Beaty not jumped to the ABA, the 2016 Hall of Famer would probably have been ranked higher.  Incidentally, in the ABA he would be a three time All Star and one time ABA Champion.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 3rd Overall 3/26/62.
  • Departed: Signed with the Utah Stars of the ABA prior to the 1969-70 Season.
  • Games Played: 501
  • Per Game Averages: 34.2 MP
    .471 eFG%
    .748 FT%
    17.4 PTS
    11.2 RB
    1.5 AST
    N/A STL
    N/A BLK*
  • Advanced Stats: 17.4 PER
    .530 TS%
    N/A VORP
    55.9 WS**
  • Major Accolades and Awards: First Team All Rookie (1962-63)
    All Star Game (1966 & 1968)

    * Steals and Blocks were not recorded at the time Beaty played with the Hawks.
    ** VORP was not a statistic during the time Beaty played with the Hawks.
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