Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
After the San Antonio Spurs' run to the 2013 NBA Finals, Tiago Splitter might be the team's least heralded starter.
Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard both made names for themselves during the Spurs' lengthy playoff run, but matchup problems often relegated Splitter to the bench during the final two series. That didn't prevent the Spurs from signing him to a four-year, $36 million contract during the 2013 offseason, though.
Splitter made his impact felt on both ends of the court last season, posting career highs in points (10.3), rebounds (6.4), assists (1.6), steals (0.8) and minutes per game (24.7). He's a strong pick-and-roll player and also touts a variety of back-to-the-basket moves.
Defensively, the Spurs were 6.3 points per 100 possessions worse with Splitter on the bench during the 2012-13 regular season, per 82games.com. He's not an elite shot-blocker by any means, but he's fully capable of defending the rim, with or without Tim Duncan by his side.
Splitter lacks any semblance of a mid-range game, as more than 95 percent of his shots during the 2012-13 season came within 10 feet of the basket, per NBA.com. He's not going to be mistaken for Duncan any time soon, but he's a solid-if-not-spectacular starting center.