The 6' 9" small forward/shooting guard from Syracuse University was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 1991 NBA Draft but 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, a trade that has been regarded as one of the most lopsided in NBA history. Owens spent ten seasons with the Warriors, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons. He ended his career in 2001 with career totals of 7,026 points, 4,016 rebounds, and 1,704 assists.
As a prep senior, Owens averaged 34 points per game, and helped lead Carlisle High School (PA) to four consecutive Pennsylvania state titles. He was considered to be the second best prep player of 1988, behind Alonzo Mourning; the two of them shared McDonald's All American Game MVP honors in 1988.