Rookie Bruce Bowen (16pts/5stls) vs. Bulls (1997)

Even if Bruce Bowen did appear in one game for the 1996-97 Miami Heat team, I think the one minute he played (which, for all we known, could have actually been 15 seconds of playing time) isn’t enough for that campaign to be called his rookie season. That’s why I’m calling this game, in which Bowen set his career-highs then for points and steals, a performance by “rookie Bruce Bowen”. His ability of scoring and just simply finishing around the rim is noticeably limited but Bowen thrives under Rick Pitino’s full-court press and manages to score in double digits simply off hustle plays. December 3, 1997.



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