|Born||May 1, 1969|
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Carlisle (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)|
|NBA draft||1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|Number||30, 32, 5|
|1991–1994||Golden State Warriors|
|2000||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,026 (11.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,016 (6.7 rpg)|
|Assists||1,704 (2.8 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Billy Eugene Owens (born May 1, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player who played for several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Syracuse, where he was an All-American and the 1991 Big East Conference Player of the Year. Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Owens played for Carlisle High School.
As a high school senior, Owens averaged 34 points per game, and helped lead Carlisle High School (Pennsylvania) to four consecutive state titles. He was considered to be the second best prep player of 1988, behind Alonzo Mourning. Owens and Mourning were co-MVP's in the McDonald's' Game. Throughout his career, Owens drew some comparisons to Magic Johnson due to his great versatility, ball handling and passing skills for his height.
In his three seasons with Syracuse he averaged 17.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game out of 103 games. In his junior season he was named Big East Player of the Year.
As a 6'8" small forward/shooting guard from Syracuse University, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 1991 NBA draft. However, after Owens remained a holdout beyond the start of the regular season, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for high-scoring guard Mitch Richmond. The trade broke up the popular "Run TMC" trio of Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, and Chris Mullin; Owens' additional height compared to Richmond was the size that coach and general manager Don Nelson believed would complete the team. Nelson said he "was under pressure to get [the team] bigger" to improve the Warriors from a good team to a great one.
Owens averaged over 15 points and nearly eight rebounds during his tenure with the Warriors, including an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 1992. The Warriors improved from 44 to 55 games won in his first season. However, he never provided his expected impact and played only three seasons with Golden State. Owens spent ten seasons with the Warriors, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons before a string of injuries finally took its toll; his career ended in 2001.
From 2010 to 2018, Owens served as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Division III Rutgers-Camden. In practice, players asked Owens how they should prepare themselves for professional careers. “I don’t sugar-coat it because then you’re playing with young kids’ minds,” Owens said. “For them to have their dreams crushed can do serious damage to them when they become real adults.”
He played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal. In the same year, he also represented the United States at the Goodwill Games in Seattle and led the team in scoring en route to a silver medal.
NBA player statistics
|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|
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- ^ "Billy Owens Stats". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- ^ "#30 Billy Owens". orangehoops.org. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- ^ "Sports Illustrated". Archived from the original on 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
- ^ a b Howard-Cooper, Scott (August 23, 2011). "Time can't fade indelible mark Run TMC left on Warriors, NBA". NBA.com. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014.
- ^ a b Hoffman, Benjamin (February 16, 2013). "Fascination Lingers for Three Stars of Warriors' Brief Run". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013.
- ^ Wolff, Alexander (December 2, 1991). "The Golden West". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014.
- ^ Osborne, Ben (January 3, 2011). "Original Old School: Run & Shoot & Shoot…". SlamOnline.com. Archived from the original on May 14, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG101141/index.htm Note From The Underground
- ^ "Billy Owens - Men's Basketball Coach". Rutgers-Camden Athletics. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
- ^ "Former SU basketball star Billy Owens pivots to a sports agent role". The Daily Orange. 2020-05-24. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
- ^ 1990 USA Basketball Archived 2007-04-28 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ "SECOND MEN'S GOODWILL GAMES - 1990". www.usab.com. June 10, 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com
- NBA Draft Busts #13 Archived 2010-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
- 1969 births
- Living people
- 1990 FIBA World Championship players
- African-American basketball players
- All-American college men's basketball players
- American men's basketball players
- Basketball players from Pennsylvania
- Competitors at the 1990 Goodwill Games
- Detroit Pistons players
- Golden State Warriors players
- Goodwill Games medalists in basketball
- McDonald's High School All-Americans
- Miami Heat players
- Parade High School All-Americans (boys' basketball)
- People from Carlisle, Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia 76ers players
- Sacramento Kings draft picks
- Sacramento Kings players
- Seattle SuperSonics players
- Shooting guards
- Small forwards
- Syracuse Orange men's basketball players
- United States men's national basketball team players
- 21st-century African-American people
- 20th-century African-American sportspeople