Tiago Splitter

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Tiago Splitter
Splitter right.JPG
Splitter with the San Antonio Spurs in 2010
Houston Rockets
PositionAssistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 38)
Joinville, Brazil
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2007: 1st round, 28th overall pick
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career1999–2017
Position Center / power forward
Number22, 11, 47
Career history
As player:
20002010 Saski Baskonia
2000–2001→Araba Gorago Alava
20012003 Bilbao Basket
20102015 San Antonio Spurs
2011 Valencia
20152017 Atlanta Hawks
2017 Philadelphia 76ers
2017Delaware 87ers
As coach:
20192023 Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
2023–present Houston Rockets (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,816 (7.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,779 (5.0 rpg)
Assists 423 (1.2 apg)
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Men's basketball
Representing Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
FIBA AmeriCup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Santo Domingo
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2009 San Juan
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Mar del Plata
Pan American Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2003 Santo Domingo
FIBA South American Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2003 Montevideo

Tiago Splitter Beims (born January 1, 1985) [1] is a Brazilian former basketball player and current coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A three-time All-EuroLeague Team selection prior to his NBA career, he became the first Brazilian-born player to win an NBA championship, in 2014, as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.


Early life

Splitter was born in Joinville, Brazil. [2]

Professional career

Brazil and Spain (1999–2010)

Splitter began his professional career in 1999. In 2000, he began to play in Spain's top-level league, the Liga ACB. In 2004, Splitter became a naturalised citizen of Spain. [3] Splitter 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's 2007–08 season, after helping Saski Baskonia make it to the 2008 EuroLeague Final Four. The following year, Splitter reached the EuroLeague 2008–09 season's playoffs, but failed to make another EuroLeague Final Four participation. Nevertheless, his performances earned him a spot on the 2008–09 All-EuroLeague Second Team. Splitter was named the Spanish League MVP in 2010. [4]

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 ACB 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 by the San Antonio Spurs, in the first round of the draft, with the 28th overall draft pick.

On May 28, 2008, ESPN Brasil reported that Splitter had re-signed with Saski Baskonia, on a two-year contract that would keep him in the Spanish ACB 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 at that time. [5] On June 7, 2008, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford, had 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 Saski Baskonia, that would keep him in the Spanish ACB League through 2010. [6] It was announced on July 9, 2010, that Splitter had opted out of his contract with Saski Baskonia, in order to sign in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. [7]

San Antonio Spurs (2010–2015)

On July 12, 2010, Splitter signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. [8] The deal was believed to be worth $11 million over 3 years.

He earned his first start of his NBA career on March 19, against the Charlotte Bobcats, in place of the injured Tim Duncan. In this game, Splitter recorded 8 points and 6 rebounds. [9]

Splitter on the bench in 2012 Splitter bench.JPG
Splitter on the bench in 2012

On February 8, 2012, Splitter and teammate Kawhi Leonard, were selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge. On February 17, it was revealed that both Splitter and Leonard would be teammates for Team Chuck. However, due to an injury, he was released from Team Chuck and was replaced by Derrick Favors.

On May 29, 2012, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, attempted to slow San Antonio's offense through continual the fouling of Splitter, sending him to the free throw line with the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy.

He played his most productive season with the Spurs in 2012–13 NBA season, averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while playing all but the final game of the regular season. He started 58 games, as the Spurs finished the West in the two-seed, behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs would advance to the 2013 NBA Finals, only to lose to the Miami Heat in seven games, as Miami won their second straight NBA championship.

On July 13, 2013, he re-signed with the Spurs. [10] On June 15, 2014, Splitter won his first NBA championship, after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.

After missing 20 out of the first 21 games of the 2014–15 season with a back injury, Splitter played out the rest of the season, until missing the final six games of the regular season, with a calf injury. He returned for the playoffs, but the Spurs were knocked out in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers, in seven games. [11] [12]

Atlanta Hawks (2015–2017)

On July 9, 2015, Splitter was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for the draft rights to Georgios Printezis, and a future second-round pick. [13] On February 16, 2016, he was ruled out for the rest of the season, after electing to have surgery to repair his right hip. [14]

On October 11, 2016, Splitter was ruled out for four weeks with a grade 2 hamstring strain. [15] He was ruled out for a further six weeks, on November 26, after an MRI exam revealed a grade 2 right calf strain. [16]

Philadelphia 76ers (2017)

On February 22, 2017, Splitter was traded, along with a second-round draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers, in exchange for Ersan İlyasova. [17] On March 21, 2017, he was assigned to the Delaware 87ers, the 76ers' D-League affiliate. [18] He was recalled six days later. [19] On March 28, 2017, he made his debut for the 76ers, recording two points and three rebounds, in seven minutes of playing time, in a 106–101 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Splitter, who had been nursing a right calf injury, entered the game late in the first quarter, and played in his first game since January 31, 2016, when he was a member of the Atlanta Hawks, before undergoing hip surgery. [20] [21] He played a handful of games with a prosthetic hip. [22]


On February 19, 2018, Splitter announced his retirement from playing professional basketball, due to a hip injury that had hindered the back-end of his career. [23] [24]

National team career

Splitter won gold medals with the senior Brazilian national basketball team at the 2003 FIBA South American Championship, the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2005 FIBA AmeriCup, the 2009 FIBA AmeriCup, and the silver medal in 2011 FIBA AmeriCup. With Brazil, he also played at the 2002 FIBA World Cup, the 2006 FIBA World Cup, the 2010 FIBA World Cup, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2014 FIBA World Cup. [25]

Coaching career


On April 24, 2018, Splitter was hired by the Brooklyn Nets, as a pro scout, with added duties related to on-court player development. [26] On September 23, 2019, he was promoted by the Nets to player development coach. [27] He parted ways with the Nets in May 2023. [28]

In July 2023, Splitter was hired by the Houston Rockets as an assistant coach. [29]

National team

In 2021, Splitter was named an assistant coach of the Brazilian national team. [30]

In 2022, Splitter was the head coach of the Brazilian U23 national team at the GLOBL Jam Tournament in Toronto, Canada, where the team won the gold medal. [31]

Personal life

Splitter is the son of Cassio and Elisabeth Splitter. He was raised a Christian, although his father is of Jewish descent. [32] In 2009, Splitter's sister Michelle, [33] also a basketball player, died of leukemia, at the age of 19. [34] [35] In 2017, Splitter married his wife, Fernanda. [36]

Career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold Career high


2003–04 Tau Cerámica 16111.2.619.000.6322.
2004–05 Tau Cerámica19217.8.533.000.4874.
2005–06 Tau Cerámica241121.6.599.000.5474.
2006–07 Tau Cerámica201224.7.580.000.5296.
2007–08 Tau Cerámica251322.5.618.000.6455.
2008–09 Tau Cerámica171224.7.655.000.6025.
2009–10 Caja Laboral161426.7.535.000.6365.
Denotes season in which Splitter won an NBA Championship

NBA regular season

2010–11 San Antonio 60612.3.529.000.5433.
2011–12 San Antonio 59219.0.618.000.6915.
2012–13 San Antonio 815824.7.560.000.7306.
2013–14 San Antonio 595021.5.523.000.6996.
2014–15 San Antonio 523519.8.558.000.7504.
2015–16 Atlanta 36216.1.523.000.8133.
2016–17 Philadelphia 809.5.452.333.8182.

NBA playoffs

2011 San Antonio 3016.7.625.000.0004.
2012 San Antonio 13012.9.638.000.3722.
2013 San Antonio 191520.4.536.000.7883.
2014 San Antonio 231822.4.610.000.7186.
2015 San Antonio 7717.6.375.000.3164.

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