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Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter warming up before the second game of the 2008 Spanish League Finals.
Tiago Splitter warming up before the second game of the 2008 Spanish League Finals.
Position Forward-Center
Height 2.12 m (6 ft 11+12 in)
Weight 111 kg (245 lb)
League Spanish League
Euroleague
Team Caja Laboral
Born January 1, 1985 (1985-01-01) (age 25)
Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
College None
Draft 28th overall, 2007
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams Araba Gorago (2000-01)
Bilbao Basket (2001-03)
Awards 2x Spanish Supercup MVP (2006, 2007)
All-Euroleague First Team 2008
All-Euroleague Second Team 2009

Tiago Splitter Beims (born January 1, 1985, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina) is a Brazilian professional basketball player who also holds Spanish citizenship. His NBA rights are owned by the San Antonio Spurs. He currently plays in the Spanish ACB League and the Euroleague with Caja Laboral.

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Pro career

Europe

Splitter, a 2.12 m (6 ft 11½ in) 111 kg (245 pound) forward-center 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 TAU Cerámica to the Euroleague Final Four. The following year Splitter reached the Euroleague 2008-09 season playoffs, but failed to win another Final Four participation. His performances earned him a spot on the 2008-09 All-Euroleague Second Team nevertheless.

NBA

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 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 TAU Cerámica that would keep him in the Spanish 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.[1]

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 Tau Cerámica that would keep him in the Spanish League through 2010.[2]

Brazilian national team

Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for  Brazil
Pan American Games
Gold 2003 Santo Domingo National Team
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold 2005 Santo Domingo National Team
Gold 2009 San Juan National Team

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

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