NEW YORK, April 6, 2011 – The Washington Wizards signed forward Larry Owens of the Tulsa 66ers for the remainder of the season today for the 22nd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Owens’ call-up, his second this season, increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience to 98.
Owens (6-7, 210) earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the San Antonio Spurs in January. He appeared in seven games with the Spurs, averaging 1.3 points in 4.4 minutes. In 43 games (42 starts) this season with Tulsa, Owens averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, leading the 66ers to a 33-17 record and a berth in the NBA D-League Playoffs.
Last season, Owens started all 50 regular-season games for the 66ers, averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals, and was named to the All-NBA D-League Third Team. In leading Tulsa to last year’s NBA D-League Finals, Owens averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in eight playoff games.
Owens spent two seasons at Yavapai (Ariz.) Community College (2001-03), before transferring to Oral Roberts University, where he posted career averages of 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. As a senior, Owens was named to the All-Mid-Continent Conference First Team and was the MCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Owens is expected to join the Wizards today, and should be available when the team plays at Indiana tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.