Tiago Splitter | Tiago Splitter recently signed a massive new contract, and many basketball fans raised a questioning eyebrow at the four-year, $36 million deal. Once this signing was official, there were a lot of fans wondering if Splitter is really worth the $9 million he will be getting a year.
I am not going to sit here and say I wasn’t thinking this because I was. I know most are looking back on his performance in the playoffs where he was not much of a factor. But you can’t deny he plays with undeniable hustle and constantly gives maximum effort, but—more importantly—is effective, too. Splitter’s career-per-36-minute line is a surprising-to-some 15.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
Yeah, surprised about that his career per game stat line? Makes you wonder and think back on when he performed at such a level for him to have those statistics. When free agency hit, Splitter was getting attention from many teams from around the league. A young seven-footer whom has time to build his strengths can be attracting to others and I feel that is why San Antonio had no other options but to resign him.
Splitter I feel can contribute in such a way that he could possibly be a player that can cause troubles for opponents. He will not be a Tim Duncan nor a David Robinson but he could possibly make his own name here in San Antonio.
What I do want to see from Splitter that I have voiced through-out this season is the lack of aggression at the rim from the big man. I just hope he looks at tape from this past season and see that he needs go hard at the rim, no reverse layups (which seems to be his go-to) just throw-it-down!
Defensively he does a remarkable job. In the playoffs, he did a great job keeping his body up right and not try to always block a shot but to make the opponent think twice about coming into the lane. Play big. That is what he did and needs to continue to do.
Okay I am off of that. But yeah, Splitter will be another player that will need to step up more for San Antonio.