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Position  Power forward / Center
Listed weight  270 lb (122 kg)
Height  2.13 m
League  NBA Development League
College  Ohio State (2008–2009)
Spouse  Sharissa Cooper (m. 2011)
Nationality  American / British
Name  Byron Mullens
Salary  2.253 million USD (2013)
Listed height  7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Role  Basketball player

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Born  February 14, 1989 (age 26) Canal Winchester, Ohio (1989-02-14)
Education  Ohio State University, Canal Winchester High School
Parents  Barbara McKean, Paul Calhoun
Similar People  Eric Maynor, Daequan Cook, Antawn Jamison, Bismack Biyombo, Ben Gordon

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Byron James "B. J." Mullens (born February 14, 1989) is a British-American professional basketball player for Al Wasl Dubai of the UAE National Basketball 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.

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High school career

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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.

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Mullens was offered and accepted a scholarship to Ohio State by the Buckeyes' head basketball coach, Thad Matta, in 2004, which was the summer between Mullens' 8th and 9th grade year.

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In his senior year of high school, he averaged 26 points and 15 rebounds, including 29 points and 18 rebounds in his final high school game.

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He was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team and he was a part of the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, where he had 12 points.

College career

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.

Professional career

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, Mullens 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.

On July 22, 2013, Mullens signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

On February 20, 2014, Mullens was traded, along with a 2018 second-round draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a top-55-protected 2014 second-round draft pick.

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.

On February 14, 2015, Mullens was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. and reacquired as a returning player on November 2.

On March 1, 2016, Mullens signed a deal with Turkish club Torku Konyaspor until the end of the 2016–17 season. At the end of the 2015–16 season he left Konyaspor.

In October 2016, Mullens signed with Al Wasl Dubai of the UAE National Basketball League.

International career

Mullens was included in the preliminary Great Britain squad for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. However, he left the team in June 2012 because of a toe injury.

References

Byron Mullens Wikipedia


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