Mullens with the Clippers
|No. 5 – Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||NBA Development League|
February 14, 1989 |
Canal Winchester, Ohio
|Nationality||American / British|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|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|
|2009–2011||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2009–2011||Tulsa 66ers (D-League)|
|2013–2014||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2014||Shanxi Zhongyu (China)|
|2015–present||Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Byron James "B. J." Mullens (born February 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. He also holds British nationality due to his English mother. He was drafted 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks and immediately traded to the Thunder in the 2009 NBA Draft.
High school career
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.
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. Mullens was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and earned the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year award. Mullens only played one year for the Buckeyes before declaring eligibility for the NBA Draft.
|2008–09||Ohio State Buckeyes||33||20.3||8.8||64.2||4.7||1.1||2.1|
Coming out of Ohio State, Yahoo Sports' Rivals 150 projected Mullens to be a clear first pick in the draft, "Size, athleticism and skill are the big three that separate Mullens from the rest of this class."
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."
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Mullens signed with Panionios B.C. 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.
On December 19, 2011, Mullens was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for a 2013 second round draft pick. 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.
In July 2014, Mullens joined the Shaanxi Wolves of the Chinese National Basketball League where he played four games for the club. On August 11, 2014, he signed with Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association but later left the club before appearing in a game for them.
NBA career 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|
- Byron Mullens NBA & ABA Stats
- MULLENS TO JOIN GB'S OLYMPIC TILT
- Scout.com Class of 2008 Basketball Rankings
- Accepting OSU Scholarship
- Senior year Stats
- More Stats
- Lesmerises, Doug (March 10, 2009). "Turner, Buford, Mullens honored". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
- "B.J. Mullens is now referred to as Byron Mullens. We like it!". OKC Thunder official Twitter page. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
- Mullens Signs One-Year Deal With Panionios
- Thunder's Byron Mullens leaves Greek League team
- "Bobcats Acquire Byron Mullens from Thunder". NBA.com. December 19, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- CLIPPERS SIGN CENTER BYRON MULLENS
- "Sam Hinkie’s First Trade Deadline With The Sixers Was A Busy One". CBSLocal.com. February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- "CLIPPERS FINALIZE TRADES WITH HAWKS AND 76ERS". NBA.com. February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- Byron Mullens officially signs with Shanxi Brave Dragons
- Skyforce Acquire Mullens and Re-Acquire Dawkins
- "Skyforce Announces 2015-16 Training Camp Roster". OurSportsCentral.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
- Brendan Gallagher. "London 2012 Olympics: Byron Mullens pulls out but Team GB basketball squad are hopeful Ben Gordon will play". The Telegraph. June 21, 2012. Retrieved on June 24, 2012.