Byron Mullens

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Byron Mullens
Byron Mullens Clippers.jpg
Mullens with the Clippers
No. 30 – Philadelphia 76ers
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-02-14) February 14, 1989 (age 25)
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Nationality American / British
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Canal Winchester
(Canal Winchester, Ohio)
College Ohio State (2008–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Career history
20092011 Oklahoma City Thunder
2009–2011 Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
2011 Panionios B.C.
20112013 Charlotte Bobcats
2013–2014 Los Angeles Clippers
2014–present Philadelphia 76ers

Byron James "B. J." Mullens (born February 14, 1989)[1] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also holds British nationality due to his English mother.[2] He was drafted 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks and immediately traded to the Thunder in the 2009 NBA Draft.

High school[edit]

Mullens played competitively at Canal Winchester High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008. He was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 3 by Scout.com.[3]

Mullens was offered and accepted a scholarship to Ohio State by the Buckeyes' head basketball coach, Thad Matta, in 2004, which was the summer between Mullens' 8th and 9th grade year.[4]

In his senior year of high school, he averaged 26 points and 15 rebounds,[5] including 29 points and 18 rebounds in his final high school game.[6]

He was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team and he was a part of the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, where he had 12 points.

College[edit]

In November 2007, Mullens signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Ohio State University. Mullens averaged 8.8 points a game at a 64.2 shooting percentage during his freshman year with Ohio State.[7] Mullens was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and earned the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year award.[8] Mullens only played one year for the Buckeyes before declaring eligibility for the NBA Draft.

College statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Minutes Points FG % Rebounds Blocks Fouls
2008–09 Ohio State Buckeyes 33 20.3 8.8 64.2 4.7 1.1 2.1

NBA career[edit]

Mullens was drafted 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2009 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Rodrigue Beaubois, the 25th overall pick, and a future 2nd round draft pick. In mid-2009, Mullens requested that all media personnel refer to him as "Byron" rather than by his prior nickname "B. J."[9]

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Mullens signed with Panionios B.C.[10] However, he left the team after a month in Greece, saying that he wanted to join his Oklahoma City teammates for their voluntary practice sessions.[11]

On December 19, 2011, Mullens was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for a 2013 second round draft pick.[12] In his first game as a Bobcat, Mullens set a new career high with 10 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2011.

Mullens had what appeared to be a breakthrough game against the Atlanta Hawks on January 6, 2012, when he scored 17 points on 8-13 from the floor (.615 FG%), collected five rebounds and had one blocked shot in 24 minutes off the bench.

He made his first career start on January 12, 2012 against the Atlanta Hawks. He played in a career high 33 minutes, going 8-16 from the floor scoring 21 points and collecting 4 rebounds. On April 6, 2012, Byron set new career highs by scoring 31 points (on 14-23 shooting) and grabbing 14 rebounds (9 offensive) in 43 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Entering the 2012–13 season, Mullens played as Charlotte's starting power forward. The acquisition of center Brendan Haywood was part of the decision to play Mullens primarily at power forward instead of center.

On July 22, 2013, Mullens signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[13]

On February 20, 2014, Mullens was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a future second-round pick.[14]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Oklahoma City 13 0 4.2 .368 .000 .000 .8 .1 .2 .0 1.1
2010–11 Oklahoma City 13 0 6.5 .321 .000 .500 1.8 .0 .2 .2 1.9
2011–12 Charlotte 65 25 22.5 .425 .235 .821 5.0 .9 .3 .8 9.3
2012–13 Charlotte 53 41 26.9 .385 .317 .646 6.4 1.5 .6 .6 10.6
Career 144 66 21.1 .403 .301 .724 4.8 1.0 .4 .6 8.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Oklahoma City 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .500 .0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Career 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .500 .0 .0 .0 .0 1.0

International career[edit]

Mullens was included in the preliminary Great Britain squad for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. However, he left the team in June 2012 because of a toe injury.[15]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com