The San Antonio Spurs are once again tops in the NBA heading into the postseason with a record of 62-20. Of course in true Spurs fashion, it was a team effort with no one player dominating each game.
Every player contributed in their own way to the team’s regular season success such as center Tiago Splitter.
Splitter averaged 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game this season. A dip from last season when he averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24.7 minutes.
However, when looking back at his performance during the regular season, Tiago feels he had a “regular” season and is more focused on knowing his role over stats.
Via Portuguese site D24am.com:
It was regular, neither a good nor bad season. It is clear that the player always changes much and always wants to play better, but I know that I am part of a team that has many players with potential. I know I’m not always the one who will define the game, or who will make more points, but I have to be calm, knowing that I am part of a team that delivers solid ball that is the San Antonio Spurs.
Tiago just summed up the Spurs mentality perfectly.
It is not about the individual. It is about the team. The goal of being champs. Not stats. Not individual honors.
He came from overseas where he was “the man.” Splitter was the focus and got the touches needed to put up huge numbers. But he sacrificed all that for a role on a winning franchise. That’s a huge sacrifice for any player.
But this is the Spurs’ way which is giving the franchise another shot at title number five.
And it all begins this Sunday versus the Mavericks.