Ex-Hawks star who died in 2013, to enter Hall of Fame posthumously


Former NBA and ABA player Zelmo Beaty has recently been named a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2016. Beaty will be posthumously honored during this year’s Enshrinement festivities. Beaty died on August 27, 2013.

Beaty was originally drafted third overall by St. Louis in 1962. As a college star at Prairie View A&M, Beaty led the Panthers to the 1962 NAIA National Championship, while earning the MVP Award. He was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Beaty played 8 years in the NBA for St. Louis Hawks and LA Lakers and 4 years in ABA for Utah Stars. Beaty averaged 19.1 ppg and 11.6 rpg in ABA and 16 ppg, 10.4 rpg in the NBA.

A 2-time NBA all-star and 3-time ABA all-star, Beaty played 889 games in NBA and ABA, averaging 17.1 ppg, 10.9 rpg in 33.4 mpg.


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