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Tiago Splitter is the most irrationally hated player on the Spurs' roster.
Win shares per 48 minutes is a basketball statistic invented by the guys at Basketball Reference, based off Bill James' win share statistic for basketball. It takes into account performance on both ends of the court, and involves a lot of complex mathematical calculations. If you are the type of person that gets into that sort of stuff, you can read here.
In 2012-13, the usual suspects led the league in that statistic—you know, guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, Tony Parker, James Harden, Marc Gasol and Tiago Splitter.
Wait, what? Tiago Splitter?
Yes, Tiago Splitter finished No. 8 in the NBA in win shares per 48 minutes last year, a testament to his advanced play on both ends of the court.
Splitter was extremely efficient on the offensive end (56 percent from the field, 73 percent from the line), and made huge improvements on his defense, joining with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form arguably the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA.
Unfortunately, the Finals presented a unique challenge for Splitter. The Miami Heat played small ball, which rendered Splitter's post defense useless and kept him on the bench for long periods of time. He was unable to find a groove and couldn't contribute much. Then, the Spurs went and re-signed him to a four-year, $36 million contract, according to Spotrac, which upset some Spurs fans.
Call me crazy, but I think it's a great deal to sign a big man highly skilled on both ends of the court to a $9 million contract.
The only reason this move isn't a straight-up "A" is because of Splitter's lack of versatility. With Tim Duncan still on the team, Splitter will rarely see the floor in small-ball situations because of his inability to shoot outside and guard quicker forwards.