Splitter in a San Antonio Spurs uniform in 2010
|No. 22 – San Antonio Spurs|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
January 1, 1985 |
Santa Catarina, Brazil
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|2000–2010||Saski Baskonia (Spain)|
|2000–2001||→Araba Gorago Alava (Spain)|
|2001–2003||→Bilbao Basket (Spain)|
|2010–present||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011||Valencia BC (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tiago Splitter Beims (born January 1, 1985) is a Brazilian professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, Splitter became the first Brazilian-born player to win an NBA championship.
Brazil and Europe (1999–2010)
Splitter began his professional career in 1999. In 2000, he began to play in the Spanish Liga ACB.
In 2004, Splitter became a naturalised citizen of Spain.
Splitter was named the MVP of the Spanish Supercup tournament in both 2006 and 2007. He was also named to the All-Euroleague First Team for the Euroleague 2007–08 season, after leading Saski Baskonia to the Euroleague Final Four. The following year, Splitter reached the Euroleague 2008–09 season playoffs, but failed to make another Euroleague Final Four participation. His performances earned him a spot on the 2008–09 All-Euroleague Second Team nevertheless. Splitter was named the Spanish League MVP in 2010. Splitter was signed by the San Antonio Spurs on July 9, 2010, so that he could join them for the 2010-11 NBA season.
San Antonio Spurs
Splitter was expected to declare for the 2006 NBA Draft, but because the expensive buyout of his contract discouraged NBA teams with high draft picks from drafting him, he remained in the Spanish ACB League for that season. Splitter was automatically eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft, as he was at least 22 years of age at the time of the draft. He was selected in the first round, with the 28th draft pick overall, by the San Antonio Spurs.
On May 28, 2008, ESPN Brazil reported that Splitter re-signed on a two-year contract with Saski Baskonia that would keep him in the Spanish ACB League through the 2009-10 NBA season. The contract allowed the Brazilian to make 8 times more than the NBA rookie scale salary cap would have allowed him to make with the San Antonio Spurs. On June 7, 2008, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford stated that Splitter had informed the team that he would not be coming to San Antonio for the 2008-09 NBA season.
Splitter had instead signed an extension with Saski Baskonia that would keep him in the Spanish ACB League through 2010. It was announced on July 9, 2010, that Splitter agreed to opt out of his contract with Saski Baskonia, and sign a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, of the NBA.
Back to San Antonio
On February 8, 2012, Splitter and teammate Kawhi Leonard were selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge. On February 17, it was revealed that both Splitter and Leonard would be teammates for Team Chuck. However, due to an injury, he was released from Team Chuck and was replaced by Derrick Favors.
On May 29, 2012, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks attempted to slow San Antonio's offense through continual fouling of Splitter, sending him to the free throw line with the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy.
He played his most productive season with the Spurs in 2012–13 NBA season, averaging 10.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg while playing all but the final game of the regular season. He started 58 games as the Spurs finished the West in the two-seed behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs would advance to the 2013 NBA Finals, only to lose to the Miami Heat in seven games as Miami won their second straight championship.
Brazilian national team
In July 3, 2010 Splitter married Spanish girlfriend, Amaia Amescua, in her native Vitoria, Spain. Among the guest were present and former Caja Laboral Baskonian team mates Luis Scola, Pablo Prigioni, Sergi Vidal, and Jordi Grimau. They have a son named Benjamin.
In 2009, Splitter lost his sister Michelle, a promising women's basketball player, to leukemia. She was 19.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
|†||Denotes season in which Splitter won an NBA Championship|
NBA regular season
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- "Eurobasket". Eurobasket. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
- "Splitter, jura la Constitución española y jugará en Manresa". Diario AS. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Tiago Splitter named MVP of ACB". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
- "SOURCES: Spurs Reach Agreement with Tiago Splitter". Ticket760.com. June 26, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
- "Tiago Splitter renova com Tau (Tiago Splitter renews with Tau)". ESPN Brasil. May 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29.[dead link]
- "Budenholzer still a Spurs employee, Splitter won't be". San Antonio Express-News. June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10.[dead link]
- "Spurs Sign Tiago Splitter". NBA.com. July 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- San Antonio Spurs re-sign Tiago Splitter
- Tiago's Turnaround
- "Morre jogadora de basquete Michelle Splitter". February 2, 2009.
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