San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter: The Next Big Thing?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 13, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 02:  Tiago Splitter of Tau Ceramica thanks his fans at the end of the Euroleague Final Four Semi Final basketball match between Tau Ceramica and CSKA Moscow at the Palacio de Deportes on May 2, 2008 in Madrid, Spain. CSKA Moscow won the match 83-79.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Tiago Splitter, the Brazilian two time MVP of the Spanish Supercup and one time MVP of the Spanish League, is finally bringing his talents over to the NBA.

Splitter was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs back in 2007 with the 28th overall pick in the first round. 

Four years after buyout complications, Splitter has officially signed with the Spurs in a reported deal of three-years, roughly $10.9 million.

One GM stated that Splitter is the best signing of the free agent offseason.

Since the majority of NBA fans, analysts, and coaches focus their eyes on simply NBA teams and players, it's difficult to know how an international player will pan out competing against the best basketball players in the world.

Will Splitter emerge as a top big-man threat in the NBA?

Will he be another Darko Milicic?

Splitter, 25, standing 6'11" and weighing around 240 lbs, has much room for physical improvement. He must grow that toughness mentality if he wants to be respected in the league.

The center posted 15.4 PPG and 7.1 RPG on 59.5 percent shooting in 38 games during the regular 09'-10' season last year.

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