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asandhu23
07-12-2010, 10:10 PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs didn't shop the blockbuster free-agent market for their big summer addition.

Instead, they finally cashed in on their 2007 draft.

The Spurs signed Spain center Tiago Splitter on Monday, three years after San Antonio picked the heralded 6-foot-11 Brazilian star whose expectations will likely be as high as any Spurs newcomer in recent years.

"We're very fortunate to be adding one of the best players not playing in the NBA," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said before introducing Splitter.

But Buford also sought to make Splitter's impact realistic.

The 25-year-old was MVP of both the Spanish League regular season and finals while leading Caja Laboral Vitoria to a second championship, averaging 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. He has widely been regarded as one of Europe's best big men.

But the 235-pound Splitter still has room to grow physically. And in a franchise built by David Robinson and Tim Duncan, the bar for big men in San Antonio is high as anywhere in the NBA.

"We've been fortunate to have two pretty good bigs through here the last 20 years," Buford said. "I'm hoping that people will let him become his own player as opposed to have the expectations of our previous centers."

The Spurs, though, are counting on Splitter to contribute right away. San Antonio let go one disappointing big man this summer in Ian Mahinmi, the 6-11 center from France who struggled to develop after the Spurs made him a late first-round pick in 2005.

Splitter, the 28th overall pick in 2007, idolized Duncan growing up. He said he wasn't ready to play in the NBA until now.

Splitter - who wore No. 21 in Europe because of Duncan - characterized his game as running the floor quickly for a player of his size. He also said he likes to play the pick-and-roll offense run by the Spurs.

"I really decided that I wanted to come here," Splitter said. "I stayed more time in Europe to improve my game a lot. It was the right time at the right moment."

Finally bringing Splitter aboard was an offseason target for the Spurs after being swept by Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals. San Antonio hasn't drastically changed its roster since, apart from swingman Richard Jefferson opting out of his deal for free agency.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Splitter didn't appear lured by an immediate NBA payday. The most the Spurs could offer Splitter this season was their midlevel exception, around $5.8 million, whereas his Spanish club could have offered him more.

"If I stayed in Spain I could have made more money," Splitter said. "But this is my moment."

http://www.nba.com/2010/news/07/12/spurs.splitter/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2

PLAYERS FAN
07-12-2010, 10:21 PM
Matt Bonner is still going to be the Spurs starting center.

DerekRE_3
07-12-2010, 10:25 PM
They got him for less than Pekovic got too. Great deal for the Spurs.

Swashcuff
07-12-2010, 10:26 PM
this is absolutely crazy asandhu has made 2 yes count the 2 none GSW related threads in 2 days.... are pigs flying?

DerekRE_3
07-12-2010, 10:30 PM
I hear Ekpe Udoh > Splitter

Mr.Nate30
07-12-2010, 11:37 PM
Matt Bonner is still going to be the Spurs starting center.

:facepalm::facepalm:

Twolves88
07-12-2010, 11:37 PM
Its the spurs... you just know this guy is going to go for 20/10 in a couple years.... freaking spurs..

Oakley's Fist
07-12-2010, 11:40 PM
Its the spurs... you just know this guy is going to go for 20/10 in a couple years.... freaking spurs..

Haha I know. Cant get much better then learning the inside game from Duncan as well.

HoopsDrive
07-12-2010, 11:45 PM
Its the spurs... you just know this guy is going to go for 20/10 in a couple years.... freaking spurs..

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here but I'd love to see Brazilian blood putting up stats like that on a nightly basis.

JasonJohnHorn
07-12-2010, 11:57 PM
Its about time. He's my pick for ROY!!!! Long shot pick, but I've got my fingers crossed!

JayW_1023
07-13-2010, 12:20 PM
If he is 75% of what Luis Scola brings to Houston, this deal is a huge success.

Hellcrooner
07-13-2010, 12:33 PM
I love stupid comments from people that have no idea.


He is every bit as talented as Marc Gasol is, and MORE ATHLETIC and with BETTER DEFENSE both have won spanish league Mvp ( like Sabonis or Pau Did too)

Now make your math.

LionBryan
07-13-2010, 12:50 PM
No! YOU make YOUR math!

Method28
07-13-2010, 01:27 PM
Does he have range on his shot?

mikantsass
07-13-2010, 01:35 PM
I love stupid comments from people that have no idea.


He is every bit as talented as Marc Gasol is, and MORE ATHLETIC and with BETTER DEFENSE both have won spanish league Mvp ( like Sabonis or Pau Did too)

Now make your math.


Whats his game like? Is he a post guy or more of a midrange/perimeter guy? Does he compliment Duncan well?

NYKalltheway
07-13-2010, 01:57 PM
Very good player ;)

Hellcrooner
07-13-2010, 02:26 PM
Whats his game like? Is he a post guy or more of a midrange/perimeter guy? Does he compliment Duncan well?

post guy , TOUGH defense. good midrange shooting and good feet move behind the basket.

Can play the 4 and the 5 .

Birdman andersen WITH TALENT -

IversonIsKrazy
07-13-2010, 02:55 PM
Well I will be keeping my eye out for him, especially after Hellcrooner's comments abt him.

Mochalman
07-13-2010, 03:01 PM
high expectations for him, hopefully he pans out

JayW_1023
07-14-2010, 05:16 AM
It's good we finally have some talent to help out Duncan in the post.

I'd like a big rotation of Duncan, Blair and Splitter.

J-Relo
07-14-2010, 05:31 AM
wow sometimes i don't understand Spurs, f.e. they never signed JAVTOKAS, even when they really lacked a big guy