Bruce Bowen was a three-time champion for San Antonio Spurs on his eight career stint. Undrafted out of the University of California State, Fullerton in 1997. He needs at least six years to finally found a home in San Antonio.
Bruce was known for his defense he won an eight-time All-Defensive team. His best defensive rating was 97 per 100 possession in 2004.
He had an argument to be the best next to Ben Wallace. The Detroit Pistons heart and soul of the 2004 championship. Wallace was a four-time Defensive Player of the Year where Bruce Bowen went a runner up twice. A four-time All-Star from 2002-2006 and All NBA once. That was Ben Wallace’s edge with Bruce Bowen.
Both of their teams a contender in that span. Bruce Bowen’s advantage was he had some clutch basket he made with the Spurs. The three-point shot he made in game five of West semifinals against the Suns in 2007. He guarded the best perimeter in playoffs with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Steve Nash and LeBron James in the Finals. Also with a tough matchup against bigs like Dirk Nowitzki and Amare Stoudemire.
Bruce Bowen played a big part in every run of the Spurs. The guys were an original 3 and D. The Spurs used the advantage of the corner three to make Bowen valuable on offense.
Behind Ben Wallace, he is the best-undrafted player. Not an eye-popping numbers but the contribution to the three finals they won.