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The Top 5 role players in San Antonio Spurs history

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2. Bruce Bowen

Bruce Bowen did not contribute significantly on offense during his time in the NBA. Throughout his 14-year career, he put up an average of six points and one assist per game. He was also a major liability from the charity stripe, registering a dismal 57% free throw shooting percentage throughout his career.

However, he played hard on the defensive end for the Spurs and showed the league and the fans what it meant to be a great role player. He embraced the role that he was asked to play and he did it with passion and intensity every single time he was on the floor.

The three-time NBA champion is best known for his defensive ability on the perimeter. He was often the main guy assigned to stop the best offensive player on the opposing team during his run with the Spurs. He went undrafted in 1993 but still found his way into the NBA where he suited up for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and the Philadelphia 76ers before eventually signing with San Antonio.

He established himself as a significant defensive presence, earning himself a spot on the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times and being named as a finalist for the DPOY award behind Ben Wallace.

The defensive specialist helped the team win three of their championships in 2003, 2005 and in 2007. His contributions to the team were so significant that the Spurs retired his number 12 jersey but with Bowen’s permission, that jersey number was issued to LaMarcus Aldridge when he joined the Spurs.

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