Tom Owens

Center, Basketball Player

1949 –


Who is Tom Owens?

Thomas William Owens is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'10" center born in the Bronx, New York and from the University of South Carolina, Owens played five seasons in the American Basketball Association and seven seasons in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Carolina Cougars, Memphis Pros, Memphis Sounds, Spirits of St. Louis, Indiana Pacers, Kentucky Colonels, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Detroit Pistons. He scored 9,898 points and grabbed 5,985 rebounds in his ABA/NBA career. He has one son, Thomas William Owens Jr., born October 21, 1972.

Late in his career, Owens was involved in one of the most one-sided trades in NBA history. After the 1980-81 season, the Blazers traded him to the Pacers and got the Pacers' 1984 draft pick in return. Owens was traded to the Pistons after the season and retired a year later. Four years later, the Pacers finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

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Jun 28, 1949
The Bronx
  • United States of America
  • University of South Carolina
Lived in
  • The Bronx

on July 23, 2013


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