Entering the NBA, San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter had lots of expectations to produce immediately, however, that did not happen.
It took a few season to get things going but this season Splitter has been putting up solid numbers and has vastly improved defensively and offensively. He has been running the pick-and-roll to near perfection and he is a critical cog in the Spurs' system but he might have not improved without the help and tutelage of his teammates Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.
In an interview with Brazilian site Folha de S. Paulo, Tiago credits Ginobili and Duncan in helping him during his transition to the NBA and setting the example for him to follow.
Splitter will be a free agent after this season and will command a nice pay day. In the regular season, he averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and shot 56% from the field. His numbers have jumped but now it will be a question of just how much he want or if another team throws him a contract too good to pass up and if San Antonio cannot match it.
I hear ya and I agree totally. Nooo Asik money like in Houston please. We do have some options. I think Bertans and maybe even Richards (I know I'm dreaming there!) could contribute in two years. GO SPURS !!!
He is cool.. But Spurs shouldn't overpay, we still have erazam lorbek, Bertrans and we can sign a good free agent like dalembert.. So Spurs should just play out his free Agency.
Tiago is a system type of player and he needs structure and pick and roll. He will develop more as a real inside post threat without the pick and roll. With that said, I believe he wants to remain a Spur. After winning the title this season the Spurs may offer him decent money. He doesn't strike me as a person that will go somewhere just for the money, but he does deserve a paycheck. I believe the Spurs took advantage of him when he first came over. He didn't even get the mid-level deal we could have offered. Winning a title is great and I hope Tiago stays with Baynes and other young guys to continue forming the future of the team.