Spurs are not just lucky on picking late picks and turned it into a gem, but they already perfectly mastered it. First Manu Ginobili and now Derrick White, they also went into undrafted players who help the Spurs every game or even in a championship. Of course, there is a lot for Tony Parker that soon to be a Hall of Famer, Cory Joseph, Pop favorite George Hill, Dejuan Blair and Tiago Splitter.
Here are some best undrafted Spurs pick up.
The Spurs primary perimeter stopper, went undrafted in 1997 and played one game in Miami uniform that season also. Signed with the Boston Celtics in next two years and in 2001 he signed with the Spurs and played all 82 games, he had a record with Spurs who played all 82 games in a season from 2002-2007, which they called him IRON MAN. He won 3 titles with the Spurs in 2003, 2005 and 2007. With limited skills on offensive side, but accurate on hitting the corner three. He had eight consecutive All Defensive team and finished runner up against three times from 2005-2007 losing to Ben Wallace (2005-2006) and Marcus Camby (2007). His number 12 jersey retired in 2012, but with his permission the number 12 was reissued after LaMarcus Aldridge signed with the Spurs in 2019. Bowen numbers 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds and 40% from three.
Played his first three season in Europe, in 2010 he signed with Spurs for three years. He hit his best shot in playoffs to save the Spurs in elimination in Game Five against the Memphis Grizzlies. He scored a go ahead catch and shoot three to tie the game and win in overtime but failed to survive the series. Gary Neal has been an important piece of 2014 Spurs Finalist where he exploded for 6 three pointers in Game Three to take a led 2-1. However the Spurs lost the series in seven games, if that number two guy from Toronto only secured to hit his two free throws, the Spurs may won.
Undrafted in 2016 NBA Draft, but luckily secured a final roster spot with the Spurs after an impressive showing in Summer League and training camp. A shooter in college who played 116 games in his first two seasons. In 2019, he resigned with the Spurs and started every game. Surprisingly improves his game, with his drive and kick, not afraid of push the ball in lane despite his lack of height. This season he played all 77 games with 11.7 points and 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists 41% from three, all career highs.