Former San Antonio Spurs defensive specialist, Bruce Bowen, says Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady “settled” – preventing them from being all-time greats.

Speaking to, the five-time NBA All-Defensive Team player was asked about who he enjoyed guarding the most during his career.

“I’ll give you three,” he said. “Kobe, Dirk and Michael Redd. Every single time I was going to play them, I had to be (on my game) because I knew they were going to be prepared and they wanted to keep me from every getting any momentum. Those three were the most competitive I can think of off the top of my head.

“Of course, there were times it was Ray Allen, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter. The latter two, Tracy might have been one of the most talented but he’d settle. He wouldn’t necessarily bring it the whole time. Vince, if he was more competitive, if he had the desire of Kobe, he could have been one of the all-time greats. But…he settled to a point where you accomplish a few things and that’s that.”

In the interview, Bowen also addresses James Harden’s poor defence, Ray Allen labelling him a “dirty player” and the Spurs’ chances of repeating this season. Check it out.

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