Sports Blog: Spurs' Tiago Splitter showing worth

Published On: Feb 01 2013 10:43:23 AM CST
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San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter came to the league and to the Alamo City with a decent amount of hype. 

Once hyped as a possible lottery pick, he fell to the Spurs at No. 28 of the 2007 draft due to his desire to play overseas for a few more years.

The Spurs took a chance, hoping he’d one day wear a Spurs jersey. That time came in 2010, when Splitter finally arrived. 

His first season wasn’t anything special: Hampered by a pre-season injury, Splitter had trouble earning significant minutes on the Spurs deep roster. 

Last season, Splitter was a solid player off the bench, averaging nine points and 11 rebounds a game. 

Still, more was expected from Tiago then a solid bench player, and many wondered if he’d ever even start on this team. 

This season started much like last season, with Splitter coming off the bench, giving the Spurs 10 points a game. 

Then Coach Pop inserted Splitter into the lineup, and he’s shown his worth ever since. 

In January, Splitter has averaged 12 points a game, and in the last 10 games, that number has gone up to 14 per game. 

His pick-and-roll game is very good, and has added real height to a team that was considered a little too small to win. 

The Spurs were two wins away from the NBA finals, and many fans were upset that the Spurs didn’t make any offseason moves to get better. 

But if Splitter continues to be a force in the middle, and a good starter, he might very well be the difference in getting the Spurs back to the NBA finals. 

Solid centers are rare in the league, so having one right next to the Greatest Power Forward of all time is a real advantage for San Antonio. 

John Dyer is a sports blogger for KSAT.com. He also owns a sports website, Texas Sports Junkie.