|July 7, 1940
|6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
|220 lb (100 kg)
|Power forward / center
|50, 32, 14
|New York Nets
|New Orleans Buccaneers
|Career ABA statistics
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Tommie Lee Bowens Jr. (born July 7, 1940) is a retired American basketball player. A 6'8" (2.03 m) and 220 lb (100 kg) forward/center from Okolona, Mississippi, he played collegiately for the Grambling State University Tigers.
He played for the Denver Rockets (1967–68), New York Nets (1968–69) and New Orleans Buccaneers (1969–70) in the ABA for 211 games.
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