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January 24, 2021

Bonner or Splitter: Who’s your pick?

Athletes dominate their opponent back on their prime. Notable players like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O’Neal win championships and the league MVP. They used their athleticism and strength to be a force of their team.

For San Antonio Spurs, two notable role players helped the franchise to win titles. Tiago Splitter from Brazil and Matt Bonner the Spurs celebrity have been the big part of the team’s last title. Both are centers but they’re exactly different in their playing style. Tiago Splitter on the defensive ends with the underrated offensive strength the reverse layup his signature. While Matt Bonner, his shooting and basketball IQ such a huge thing. But first, who is unstoppable back on their prime.

First, the Brazilian center came to the league in 2011. Where the Spurs been upset by the eighth-seeded Grizzlies in playoffs. In every year, Splitter improved just like in 2013 where he played 81 games with 58 starts. The Spurs went to the NBA Finals as they lost to the Miami Heat in a heartbreaking fashion. But the Spurs rewarded him a 4 year 36 million contract extension. The very next season, it was paid off as the Spurs win the title in a rematch which Tiago been a big part in the first round against Dirk Nowitzki.

On his career year Splitter, average 11 points, 6 boards, 2 assists, 1 block and a steal in just 24 minutes shooting 56%. An offensive rating of 116 points and 101 defensive ratings in his career. He’s scoring efficiently at 67% from 3 feet to the rim. He’s been useful, which he scored 69% of the wide-open pass. In-game five against Dallas Mavericks, while defending Dirk Nowitzki he scored 17 points, 12 rebounds (6 offensive) and five assists. Injuries cut his career as he played 7 seasons in the NBA.

While the Red Mamba won two titles for the San Antonio Spurs. When the Spurs acquired him in 2007 from Toronto Raptors via trade in exchange for Rasho Nesterovic. The team wins the title quickly, but his role increases in the coming years. Matt Booner led the league in three points shooting in 2011 with a league-high 46% ( 41% career). The Red Mamba help the Spurs in spacing which they used in the 2014 playoffs and Finals run. He doesn’t really put big numbers but his very valuable in the court.

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