Coming into the 2010-2011 NBA season, one of the most talked about players making the move from overseas to the NBA was San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter. Splitter was hailed as the best big man in Europe a year ago after producing an excellent resume overseas in Spain.
The path looked like it was set for Splitter to come to San Antonio and become the perfect compliment to Tim Duncan. Once Duncan’s days are over, folks think Splitter will take over the keys and continue on as the team’s dominant big man.
But then reality happened.
Aside from suffering injuries leading up to his arrival at Spurs training camp, Splitter would suffer another injury which forced him to miss training camp. Throughout the season, he would be hobbled by injuries and was put through the traditional coach Pop rookie routine. You know, play one night, then sit the bench the next two games, then play five games in a row, etc.
Splitter would go on to appear in 60 regular season games, logging just 12 minutes per game while scoring 4.6 points, grabbing 3.4 rebounds, and shooting 53% from the field.
In the playoffs, Splitter didn’t make his first appearance until after game four when it became apparent Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair weren’t going to slow down Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies.
In the three playoff games he appeared in, Splitter logged 16.7 minutes per game, 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1 steal, and shot 63% from the field. He also only fouled the Grizzlies 1.3 times per game.
Splitter’s emergence in just three playoff games gave Spurs fans a glimpse of what the Brazilian could become and who he may already be. no comments