Prior to going undrafted through the 2011 NBA Draft, here is part of how Draft Express explained Denzel Bowles:
Bowles plays like more of a traditional big man and seems to have a pretty good handle on the fact that he’s most productive offensively if he’s on the block or getting into the paint. Over 50% of his possessions have come in the post this season, and he’s been pretty efficient, scoring .92 points per possession. This could be much better, however, if he didn’t always insist on putting the ball on the floor after catching it in the post. We noted before the season that this led to him being very turnover-prone as a junior, and we saw much of the same when evaluating him this season.
Denzel Bowles aka Invinc-Bowles is listed as Power Forward slash Center. Okay, so that nickname was from this May 6, 2012 article which chronicles a big game had by Denzel to carry his Philippine Basketball Association team to the Commissioners Cup in 2012. The story goes:
With two seconds left, Yap zipped a pass to Bowles, who missed a point-blank shot, but managed to draw a crucial foul from Kelly Williams, giving him a chance to redeem himself at the line.
The 23-year-old import sank both, sending the game into an extra five minutes, where he scored the Llamados’ first 10 points, turning an 80-81 deficit into a dominant 86-81 lead, 56.8 seconds remaining in overtime.
Bowles finished with 39 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks in a masterful effort.
Here is a snippet from another article from that site chronicling Denzel Bowles 2012 summer league experience:
Bowles, who led the B-MEG Llamados to the conference title with averages of 26.25 points, 12.46 rebounds, 2.96 assists and 1.88 blocks was picked up by the New Orleans Hornets summer team, and he debuted against the Portland Trail Blazers with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.
That however would be the only time he would post double figures in scoring or rebounding, finishing the tourney with a 7.2 point, 6.6 rebound, 1.2 block average, in four starts over five games.
Denzel Bowles reportedly signed with the NBA D-League Iowa Energy in early March of 2014 after playing in China with the Jilin Northeast Tigers. Bowles averaged 26.0 points, and 8.5 rebounds in 34 games for the Tigers. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding. Days after the NBA D-League report, another report came out suggesting that Bowles was auditioning with the Charlotte Hornets for a 10 day contract.
It appears the ceiling for Bowles is being a double-double guy. Here is to hoping that the Nuggets Las Vegas Summer League climbs toward the ceiling of Bowles instead of touring the basement. If for nothing else, just to give me the excuse to use the nickname invinc-Bowles!