Tanoka Dwight Beard (born September 29, 1971) is an American former professional basketball player. During his career, he was able to play both the power forward and center positions. He earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005, while leading the competition in rebounds, with an average of 10.6 per game. He won various European national domestic league championships and national domestic cups, from various different European basketball leagues.
|Born||September 29, 1971|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||267 lb (121 kg)|
(Washington Terrace, Utah)
|College||Boise State (1989–1993)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Undrafted|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|1994||Leche Río Breogán|
|Career highlights and awards|
Beard was twice named the Liga ACB's (Spain's top-tier level league) Most Valuable Player, in 1999 and 2002. He also holds the EuroLeague record since the 2000–01 season, for the highest Performance Index Rating (PIR), in a single game, with 63.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- 1994–95 Turkish National Championship (Ülkerspor)
- 1996–97 Spanish National Cup (Joventut Badalona)
- 2002–03 Lithuanian National Championship (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2003–04 Lithuanian National Championship (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2004–05 Lithuanian National Championship (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2004–05 Baltic League Championship (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2006–07 Lithuanian National Championship (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2006–07 Lithuanian National Cup (Žalgiris Kaunas)
Personal achievements and awardsEdit
- 1998–99 FIBA EuroStar (Real Madrid)
- 1998–99 Spanish League MVP (Real Madrid)
- 1999–00 FIBA EuroStar (Valencia)
- 2001–02 Spanish League MVP (Joventut Badalona)
- 2003–04 Lithuanian League MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2003–04 Lithuanian League Finals MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2004–05 Baltic League MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2004–05 Baltic League Final Four MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2004–05 All-EuroLeague Second Team (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2004–05 Lithuanian League MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2005–06 Lithuanian League MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2006–07 Lithuanian League MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2006–07 Lithuanian League Finals MVP (Žalgiris Kaunas)
During 2005–06 season with Žalgiris, Beard recorded a track and a music video, with duo Linas and Simona, named "I Love U". This song was released on the album with the same name, on 22 July 2005, and in two weeks, it reached number 1 on the Lithuanian M-1 radio station. The lead singer of the duo, Linas Adomaitis, produced Beard's album, which has never been released.
EuroLeague career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Led the league|
- "Former pro basketball player strives to be role model for young athletes". Standard-Examiner. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- "Week 11 MVP: Tanoka Beard, Zalgiris Kaunas". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 28 April 2017.