Billy Owens | 2
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Position:  F-G
Born: 05/01/69
Height: 6-9 /  2,06
Weight: 225  lbs. / 102,1  kg.
College: Syracuse '92
Career Highlights
  • Grabbed his 3,500th career rebound against the Detroit Pistons on 3/8/99
  • Notched his 500th career steal, totaling 11 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 3/7/99
  • Notched his 1,500th career assist, totaling 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists, against the Dallas Mavericks on 4/5/98
  • Recorded a 1997-98 season-high 27 points, 13 rebounds, including a career-high 10 offensive boards, and 3 assists against the Denver Nuggets on 2/4/98
  • Registered 1996-97 season-highs of 31 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists against the Milwaukee Bucks on 3/1/97
  • Scored a career-high 34 points, for the Heat, against the L.A. Clippers on 12/30/95
  • Posted his first career triple-double, with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 1/5/95
  • Recorded a career-best 27 double-doubles (points and rebounds) during the 1993-94 season
  • Has appeared in 11 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 15.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.6 apg and 1.45 spg
  • A unanimous selection to the 1991-92 NBA All-Rookie First Team, averaging 14.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 1.13 spg for the Warriors

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Logged 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 112-103 win over Washington on 2/20 Traded to Golden State from Philadelphia on 2/16, along with Larry Hughes, as part of a three-team deal also involving Chicago. Philadelphia received Toni Kukoc from Chicago. The Bulls received John Starks and a first-round draft pick from the Warriors (Washington's pick) and Bruce Bowen from the Sixers Tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds in an 85-78 loss in New York on 12/10 Scored 18 points (8-11 FG) in a 95-73 victory in Washington on 11/16

Placed on the injured list on 4/6 due to a strained left knee Recorded 19 points, a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists against the Denver Nuggets on 3/21 Grabbed his 3,500th career rebound against the Detroit Pistons on 3/8 Notched his 500th career steal, totaling 11 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 3/7 On the injured list from 2/12 to 3/1 due to a fractured left pinky finger

Registered 13 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and 5 assists against the Utah Jazz on 4/16 Recorded 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in a 105-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on 4/5 Totaled 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists against the Golden State Wariors on 3/9 Posted team-highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds and added 3 assists against the Boston Celtics on 2/25 Registered 9 points and team-highs of 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in an 87-84 win over the Denver Nuggets on 2/12 Recorded a season-high 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists in a 101-99 victory over the Denver Nuggets on 2/4 Totaled 18 points, a team-high 11 rebounds and 3 assists against the San Antonio Spurs on 2/1 Posted 22 points and 12 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors on 1/21 Registered 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in a 103-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on 1/8 Recorded 16 points (7-11 FG), 9 rebounds and 4 assists in a 106-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on 1/4 Scored 18 points, adding 9 rebounds and 5 assists, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 12/23 Totaled 13 points (5-7 FG), 16 rebounds and 4 assists against the New Jersey Nets on 11/30 Posted 20 points and 18 rebounds against the L.A. Clippers on 11/26 Registered 13 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in a 97-95 victory over the Utah Jazz on 11/20 Recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in a 115-89 victory over the Orlando Magic on 11/12 Totaled 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists against the L.A. Clippers on 11/7. Prior ro the 1998-99 season, Owens signed with the Seattle SuperSonics as a free agent.

In his first full season with Sacramento, Owens appeared in 66 games, including 56 as a starter. He sat out much of the preseason and the first two games of the regular season with a strained left groin and missed a total of 16 games due to injuries. Owens averaged 11.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 25.3 minutes, all career-lows. However, he ranked third on the team in rebounding, fourth in assists (2.8 apg) and fifth in scoring. He also contributed 0.94 steals per game to rank third on the team among regulars. Owens had nine double-doubles during the season and the Kings went 7-2 in those games. He scored in double figures 38 times and rebounding 10 times, with season-highs of 31 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists in a 103-92 victory at Milwauykee on March 1. That was part of a 10-game stretch in which he averaged 15.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.6 apg and 1.10 spg, his best ball of the season. Owens sank more three-pointers, 25, in 1996-97 than in his five five NBA seasons combined. His .347 mark from behind the arc also was a vast improvement over his prior career percentage of .160.

Owens played in 62 games in 1995-96, making 51 starts, and averaged career lows of 13.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and shot a career-low .480 from the field. He split the season between Miami and Sacramento, going to the Kings along with Kevin Gamble in exchange for Walt Williams and Tyrone Corbin on Feb. 22, 1996. Owens started 40 games for the Heat and averaged 14.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg, and was shooting .505 from the field up to the time of the trade. He was hobbled by plantar fasciaitis in his right foot upon joining the Kings, missing nine games and playing less than 30 minutes in 14 others due to the injury. In 22 games with Sacramento, including 11 starts, he averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg and shot just .420. He scored in double figures 39 times, 29 with Miami and 10 with Sacramento, getting a career-high 34 points for Miami against the Clippers on Dec. 30. He also had 10 rebounds in that game, one of 10 double-doubles on the season. He grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in his second game with Sacramento, against New York on Feb. 28. Owens started all four of Sacramento's playoff games against Seattle and averaged 8.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.5 apg.

Owens spent training camp with the Golden State Warriors, but on November 2 he was traded to the Miami Heat along with the rights to Predrag Danilovic for Rony Seikaly. Owens turned in a superb season for the Heat, playing the off guard spot to complement Glen Rice at small forward. Owens grabbed an average of 7.2 rebounds per game to finish second on the team and lead all NBA backcourt players, and his total of 502 rebounds was the most ever by a Miami guard. He finished third on the club in scoring (14.3 ppg), assists (3.5 apg), and field-goal percentage (.491) and fourth in steals (1.14 per game). On January 5 Owens recorded the first triple-double of his career with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was only the third triple-double in franchise history. On March 17 he missed a second triple-double by 3 assists, scoring 29 points, grabbing 10 boards, and handing out 7 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers. On February 3 he tied his career high of 30 points in a game against the Washington Bullets. Owens missed a dozen games in 1994-95. He sat out the season opener with a strained hamstring, missed a pair of games at the end of December after spraining his left ankle, and was sidelined for one contest in March with a strained right knee. Late in March he suffered a bruised left calf that forced him out of action for four games. He missed the final two games of the season with a strained left quadriceps. Despite his solid play, the Heat finished the season at 30-52 and did not make the playoffs.

With injuries riddling his team throughout the year, Golden State Warriors Coach Don Nelson used the versatile Owens at several positions. Owens responded with a solid performance across the board, but perhaps his greatest contribution was that he stayed healthy. After having appeared in only 37 games the previous season, Owens saw action in 79 contests in 1993-94. For the year, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. Against the Detroit Pistons on November 28, Owens scored 21 points with a career-best 22 rebounds-the most by any member of the Warriors since Larry Smith's 24 on March 28, 1987. Because of the contributions of Owens and rising stars Latrell Sprewell and Chris Webber, the Warriors overcame their injury problems to finish at 50-32. They advanced to the postseason but lost to the Phoenix Suns in the first round. Owens was the team's No. 3 scorer in the playoffs with 19.7 points per game.

The sophomore jinx visited in the form of an injured left knee that knocked Owens out of 45 games. He was first hurt on December 5 in a game against the Orlando Magic, and then aggravated the injury on December 8 against the Indiana Pacers. Owens went on the injured list on December 9 for 15 games. Activated on January 11, he reinjured the knee in the second quarter of a January 12 game against the Atlanta Hawks. Two days later he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove some torn medial meniscus cartilage. After missing 25 games, Owens returned to play against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 7 and played in 16 straight games. However, he then sat out five of the final eight games with tendinitis in his left knee. Injuries aside, Owens scored in double figures in 30 games, averaging 16.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 32.5 minutes per game. He led the team in scoring six times, tying his career high with 30 points in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 12. He rebounded in double figures six times, leading the team on seven occasions. His 15 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets on November 22 were a career high at the time, and he recorded a then career-high 8 assists against the Houston Rockets on March 18.

Billy Owens led Pennsylvania's Carlisle High School to four straight Class AAAA state titles, scoring 53 points in the 1988 championship game. The 1991 Big East Conference Player of the Year at Syracuse as a junior, Owens was selected as an undergraduate by the Sacramento Kings in the first round (third pick overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft. Acquired by the Golden State Warriors from the Kings for star guard Mitch Richmond and back-up center Les Jepsen on the eve of the 1991-92 season opener, Owens was an instant hit. He became the first early entry draftee unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team since the 1984 selection of Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. Owens finished third in Rookie of the Year balloting, behind Larry Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo, after averaging 14.3 points on .525 shooting from the floor, along with a team-high 8.0 rebounds. He also led the Warriors in blocked shots with 65 in 80 games. At age 22, Owens was the youngest player to lead the Warriors in rebounding since Hall of Famer Paul Arizin in 1950-51. Owens paced the Warriors in rebounding in 38 games, including 19 of the club's final 30. Owens came off the bench in three games, then started 77 straight. He scored a season-high 30 points, adding a team-leading 10 rebounds, in a nationally televised win over the New York Knicks on February 2. He snared a season-high 14 rebounds on three occasions and posted 26 double-doubles.

In 1990-91 Owens led Syracuse to its first-ever Big East Conference regular-season title. As a junior that year, Owens (23.3 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 3.5 apg) was a consensus First Team All-American and the Big East Player of the Year. He joined Derrick Coleman as the only players in school history to pile up more than 1,800 points and 900 rebounds. Owens also became the first Syracuse player in 19 years to register a single-season scoring average of more than 20.0 points per game.


  • Full name is Billy Eugene Owens
  • He and wife Nicole have five children
  • Lists Eddie George as his favorite athlete
  • Enjoys football and boxing and likes to sing and collect old music
  • Favorite musician is Redman
  • His favorite food is lobster
  • Visits local hospitals during the holidays to distribute toys to sick children