Joseph Alton Byrd (born March 11, 1958) is an American-British former professional basketball player who is the Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League.

Alton Byrd
Long Island Nets
PositionVice President of Business Operations
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1958-03-11) March 11, 1958 (age 63)
San Francisco, California
NationalityAmerican / British
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Career information
High schoolArchbishop Riordan
(San Francisco, California)
CollegeColumbia (1976–1979)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 10 / Pick: 186th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1979–1997
PositionPoint guard
Career history
1979–1982Crystal Palace
1983–1987Murray International
1987–1988Manchester United
1988–1989Glasgow Rangers
1990–1992Kingston Kings
1992–1994Guildford Kings
1994–1997Crystal Palace
Career highlights and awards

He grew up in the San Francisco area, where he was a high school basketball star. He continued to be a basketball star at Columbia University, where he was one of the best point guards in the country in spite of his small stature. His height was usually officially listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m). He holds the school records for career assists (526) and assists in a single season (210).

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Columbia College in 1979, he attended the Boston Celtics rookie camp, but, suffering with a foot injury, he did not get a contract and joined Crystal Palace of the British Basketball League. During his rookie season, he led Palace to a 50–5 record. He later started for teams in Glasgow, Manchester, Guildford and Kingston.[1] In 1984 he became a British citizen and made his debut for England.[2]

Off the court, he pursued a variety of broadcasting and business ventures, including a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live dedicated to American sports. From 1997 to 1998, he was the general manager of the London Monarchs of NFL Europe, while there he guided the team to rebrand as the England Monarchs, before ultimately folding after a 1998 season that ended with a 3-7 record, after three straight 4-6 tallies. They were replaced by the Berlin Thunder in 1999.[3]

In 1999, he returned to the United States to be a Vice President of the Sacramento Kings. He then founded a management consulting company, Clear Focus Communications. In September 2013, the Atlanta Dream hired him as the Chief Revenue Officer.[4] On March 24, 2016, the Brooklyn Nets hired Alton Byrd as the Vice President of Business Operations.[5]


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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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