Players That Need To Step Up For San Antonio Next Season

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May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) and point guard Jarrett Jack (2) during the fourth quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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