Tiago Splitter

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Tiago Splitter
Splitter right.JPG
Splitter with the San Antonio Spurs in 2010
Brooklyn Nets
Position Scout
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 33)
Blumenau, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 1999–2017
Position Power forward / Center
Number 22, 11, 47
Career history
1999–2000 Ipiranga
20002010 Saski Baskonia
2000–2001 →Araba Gorago Alava
20012003Bilbao Basket
20102015 San Antonio Spurs
2011 Valencia BC
20152017 Atlanta Hawks
2017 Philadelphia 76ers
2017Delaware 87ers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,816 (7.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,779 (5.0 rpg)
Assists 423 (1.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tiago Splitter Beims (born January 1, 1985)[1] is a Brazilian former professional basketball player who played seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently serving as a pro scout for the Brooklyn Nets. A three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection prior to his NBA career, he became the first Brazilian-born player to win an NBA championship in 2014, as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

Professional career[edit]

Brazil and Spain (1999–2010)[edit]

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.[2] 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 2008 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] It was announced on July 9, 2010, that Splitter had opted out of his contract with Saski Baskonia to sign in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.[6]

San Antonio Spurs (2010–2015)[edit]

On July 12, 2010, Splitter signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs.[7] The deal was believed to be worth $11 million over 3 years.

He earned his first start of his NBA career on March 19, against the Charlotte Bobcats, in place of Tim Duncan, who had gotten injured.

Splitter on the bench in 2012

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 Thunder coach Scott Brooks attempted to slow San Antonio's offense through continual the 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 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, 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.

On July 13, 2013, he re-signed with the Spurs.[8] On June 15, 2014, Splitter won his first NBA championship, after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.

After missing the first 20 out of 21 games of the 2014–15 season with a back injury, Splitter played out the rest of the season, until missing the final six games of the regular season, with a calf injury. He returned for the playoffs, but the Spurs were knocked out in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games.[9][10]

Atlanta Hawks (2015–2017)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Splitter was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for the draft rights to Georgios Printezis and a future second-round pick.[11] On February 16, 2016, he was ruled out for the rest of the season, after electing to have surgery to repair his right hip.[12]

On October 11, 2016, Splitter was ruled out for four weeks with a grade 2 hamstring strain.[13] He was ruled out for a further six weeks, on November 26, after an MRI exam revealed a grade 2 right calf strain.[14]

Philadelphia 76ers (2017)[edit]

On February 22, 2017, Splitter was traded, along with a second-round pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ersan İlyasova.[15] On March 21, 2017, he was assigned to the Delaware 87ers, the 76ers' D-League affiliate.[16] He was recalled six days later.[17] On March 28, 2017, he made his debut for the 76ers, recording two points and three rebounds in seven minutes in a 106–101 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Splitter, who had been nursing a right calf injury, entered late in the first quarter for his first game since January 31, 2016 while with the Atlanta Hawks before undergoing hip surgery.[18][19]

Retirement[edit]

On February 19, 2018, Splitter announced his retirement from basketball due to a hip injury that had hindered the back-end of his career.[20][21]

Post-playing career[edit]

On April 24, 2018, Splitter was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as a pro scout, with added duties related to player on-court development.[22]

National team career[edit]

Splitter won gold medals with the Brazilian national basketball team at the 2003 South American Championship, the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2005 FIBA Americas Championship, the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, and the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Personal life[edit]

Splitter is the son of Cassio and Elisabeth Splitter. He was raised a Christian despite his father being of Jewish descent.[23] In 2009, Splitter's sister Michelle,[24] also a basketball player, died of leukemia at the age of 19.[25][26]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2003–04 Tau Cerámica 16 1 11.2 .619 .000 .632 2.4 .3 .4 .3 4.0 3.9
2004–05 Tau Cerámica 19 2 17.8 .533 .000 .487 4.5 .9 .7 .7 7.0 7.6
2005–06 Tau Cerámica 24 11 21.6 .599 .000 .547 4.6 .6 1.3 .5 9.5 10.8
2006–07 Tau Cerámica 20 12 24.7 .580 .000 .529 6.0 .8 1.4 .3 10.7 13.2
2007–08 Tau Cerámica 25 13 22.5 .618 .000 .645 5.0 1.1 1.0 .8 14.0 16.1
2008–09 Tau Cerámica 17 12 24.7 .655 .000 .602 5.4 1.6 .6 1.6 14.0 17.8
2009–10 Caja Laboral 16 14 26.7 .535 .000 .636 5.4 1.8 .8 .5 13.0 15.8
Career 137 65 21.5 .593 .000 .582 4.8 1.0 .9 .7 10.5 12.3
Denotes season in which Splitter won an NBA Championship

NBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 San Antonio 60 6 12.3 .529 .000 .543 3.4 .4 .5 .3 4.6
2011–12 San Antonio 59 2 19.0 .618 .000 .691 5.2 1.1 .4 .8 9.3
2012–13 San Antonio 81 58 24.7 .560 .000 .730 6.4 1.6 .8 .8 10.3
2013–14 San Antonio 59 50 21.5 .523 .000 .699 6.2 1.5 .5 .5 8.2
2014–15 San Antonio 52 35 19.8 .558 .000 .750 4.8 1.5 .7 .7 8.2
2015–16 Atlanta 36 2 16.1 .523 .000 .813 3.3 .8 .6 .3 5.6
2016–17 Philadelphia 8 0 9.5 .452 .333 .818 2.8 .5 .1 .1 4.9
Career 355 153 19.2 .555 .143 .697 5.0 1.2 .6 .6 7.9

NBA playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 San Antonio 3 0 16.7 .625 .000 .000 4.7 .3 1.0 .3 6.7
2012 San Antonio 13 0 12.9 .638 .000 .372 2.8 .8 .4 .3 5.8
2013 San Antonio 19 15 20.4 .536 .000 .788 3.1 1.2 .8 .7 6.1
2014 San Antonio 23 18 22.4 .610 .000 .718 6.1 2.0 .7 .5 7.5
2015 San Antonio 7 7 17.6 .375 .000 .316 4.4 1.3 .6 .1 3.4
Career 65 40 19.1 .572 .000 .586 4.3 1.4 .7 .5 6.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tiago Splitter". ACB.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Splitter, jura la Constitución española y jugará en Manresa". Diario AS. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tiago Splitter named MVP of ACB". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Tiago Splitter renova com Tau (Tiago Splitter renews with Tau)". ESPN Brasil. May 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Budenholzer still a Spurs employee, Splitter won't be". San Antonio Express-News. June 7, 2008. Archived from the original on June 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  6. ^ "SOURCES: Spurs Reach Agreement with Tiago Splitter". Ticket760.com. June 26, 2011. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Spurs Sign Tiago Splitter". NBA.com. July 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  8. ^ San Antonio Spurs re-sign Tiago Splitter
  9. ^ 2014-15 season review: Tiago Splitter
  10. ^ Tiago Splitter 2014-15 Game Log
  11. ^ "Hawks Acquire Tiago Splitter From San Antonio Spurs". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tiago Splitter Opts For Hip Surgery, Out For The Year". NBA.com. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Splitter Out At Least Four Weeks With Hamstring Strain". NBA.com. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Vivlamore, Chris (November 26, 2016). "Splitter out at least six more weeks with calf injury (updated)". AJC.com. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Sixers Acquire Draft Pick Considerations, Splitter from Atlanta". NBA.com. February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ "76ers' Tiago Splitter: Assigned to D-League". CBSSports.com. March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sixers Recall Tiago Splitter From Delaware 87ers". NBA.com. March 27, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Saric, Covington lift 76ers over Nets 106-101". ESPN.com. March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Hawks trade Tiago Splitter, draft pick to 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova". USA Today. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  20. ^ "Tiago Splitter: Announces retirement from basketball". cbssports.com. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Primeiro brasileiro campeão da NBA, Splitter anuncia sua aposentadoria". sportv.globo.com (in Portuguese). February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Brooklyn Nets add former players Pablo Prigioni, Tiago Splitter to staff". NBA.com. April 24, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  23. ^ Tiago Splitter’s Jewish roots revealed
  24. ^ Splitter Draws Inspiration From His Late Sister
  25. ^ "Morre jogadora de basquete Michelle Splitter". February 2, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Euroleague Basketball mourns with Tiago Splitter". Euro league. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 

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