3 Best undrafted talents to ever play for the San Antonio Spurs

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1. Bruce Bowen

Also going to the Spurs later in his NBA career, Bruce Bowen signed with San Antonio in 2001 and joined a stacked team, playing alongside the likes of Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Tony Parker. He would become part of three championship teams in the Alamo City in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

A picture of durability, Bowen incredibly played all 82 games of every season from 2003 until 2007. His ability to simply be available was a big reason why he was such a crucial part of the 2000's Spurs dynasty.

Of course, his defense did not hurt the Spurs' chances either. A tough-nosed defender, Bruce was one of the best perimeter defenders of the 2000's and earned eight All-Defensive team selections over the course of his career. He was a big part of helping the Spurs slow down some of the elite offensive players of that era like Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki in the playoffs.

In each of the Spurs' three championship runs during that decade, Bowen shot 40% or greater from three-point range in the playoffs. His elevated play during the months of April, May, and June was a major X-factor in helping San Antonio clinch three NBA championships in five seasons.

Bruce Bowen's number 12 jersey was retired by the Spurs in 2012, and he was even kind enough to allow LaMarcus Aldridge to wear it in his Spurs tenure. Given his extensive individual and team accolades, Bowen is widely regarded as one of the greatest undrafted players in the history of the league.

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