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Ryan Cleo Bowen (born November 20 1975 in Fort Madison, Iowa) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is a 6'9" small forward and a defensive-oriented player.

He played college basketball at the University of Iowa, where he continues to hold the record in career steals. Bowen was a second round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 1998 NBA Draft. He played five seasons for the Nuggets before being picked up by the Houston Rockets.

Statistically, Bowen is one of the less productive players in the game, with lifetime averages of 2.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 13.7 minutes per game. But he is revered for his "intangibles," including hustle and defense. In the 2005 NBA Playoffs, he received a rare starting nod and with it high praise for his defense of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, who made a dismal 13 of 40 shots in the first two games against Houston. At the time, sports media attempted to dub Bowen "The Dirk Stopper." He immediately demanded the media to "cut that stuff out."

Miami Heat coach Pat Riley once proclaimed Bowen ?the best hustling player I?ve ever seen in the NBA.? Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson once compared Ryan Bowen to Dennis Rodman, citing their "inexhaustible hustle and astounding athleticism".

On January 22, 2006, Bowen removed himself from a game, complaining of an irregular heartbeat. He missed two games before returning to action.

He sponsors the "Floor Burns" Basketball Camp every Summer in his homestate of Iowa.

He established the Bowen Family Foundation to help sponsor youth athletics, athletic facilities and college scholarships for kids in Eastern Iowa and Denver, Colorado.

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