Apr 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forwardTiago Splitter
(22) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
There were some big cheers in the city of San Antonio a couple of days ago when Kawhi Leonard got his max contract and Danny Green received an offer to rejoin the team for four more years. However, it was a sad day to find out that 6’11 center Tiago Splitter was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. It’s tough to see someone who has been on the team since 2010 go and it’s like a family member not being there anymore.
Splitter has been through some ups and downs with many injuries throughout his season. When he is not injured, he can be a nice size under the paint. With his patent footwork under the rim and his little baby hook shot will definitely be missed by many fans and also Splitter fans.
He has showed much heart just like everyone on the team to compete each night and you hate to see a guy like that go. The San Antonio Spurs organization is doing all they can do lure LaMarcus Aldridge into the black and silver side and this definitely comes with risk.
Aldridge is his own person and he will be the one to make the decision on where he will be playing next season. This is something that he has to do for himself and also his family. If he decides to go to the Spurs, that would be a look that all fans would be ready for. Splitter is not as athletic as Aldridge, but at times he did put up some numbers when it counted the most.
If the Spurs do not get Aldridge, they would have to figure a way to fill that center position. At the end of the day, the Spurs organization always have a plan and whatever they decide, the players, coaching staff and fans will be with them all the way to the end.
In conclusion, Splitter played his role when the team needed him day in and out. He helped the Spurs win their fifth title and he will always be a champion. He can now begin a new chapter on the east coast and continue to improve his game when his new team needs him. We do not know how long he will be in the league, but many will always remember Splitter as a Spur at heart.