Why Tiago Splitter Is the Most Underrated Player on the Spurs’ Roster

November 15th, 2014 by Garrett Jochnau Leave a reply »

Eight games into the San Antonio Spurs 2014-15 campaign, starting center Tiago Splitter remains sidelined with a calf injury that allowed him just 10 minutes of court time before rendering him a regular on the inactive list.

In his absence, the team has fared well. Despite a slow start, the defending champions have risen to title form and appear poised for another postseason run. 

Yet, the team's winning record—they now sit at 5-3—without Splitter belies his true impact. In reality, his absence has only reinforced the notion that Spurs fans have long realized: That Splitter, whose inconsistency and offensive limitations became trademarks of his first few seasons as a Spur, has since become the team's most unsung weapon and an under-the-radar key to their success.


A History of Splitter's Value in the Public Eye

Before we can label someone as underrated—a word that's tossed around by pundits as frequently as potential or raw—we first must dissect what his rating truly is.

At the beginning of his career, Splitter was anyth ...

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