Thomas William Owens (born June 28, 1949 in The Bronx, New York) is a retired American professional Basketball player.
A 6'10" Center (basketball) from the University of South Carolina, Owens played five seasons (1971-1976) in the American Basketball Association and seven seasons (1976-1983) 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 Rebound (basketball) in his ABA/NBA career. He has one son Thomas William Owens Jr born October 21 1972.
He was inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. He led the ACC in rebounding for all three years of his eligibility. At that time, freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity squad. He scored the winning basket to give South Carolina their one and only ACC Tournament Championship in 1971.