By Michael A. De Leon, ProjectSpurs.com
Going from playing, and even dominating, overseas and then transitioning into the NBA via draft or free agency signing can be quite humbling.
Even some of the most highly-touted international players never make it in the NBA or have rough transitions before carving out a role.
It's rare to see a player like San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili go from playing in Italy to making an impact on a championship team the next year.
If anyone can speak of this transition period, it's soon-to-be third-year Spur Tiago Splitter. Splitter was considered the best big man internationally for years and dominated while playing for Caja Laboral. Everything seemed to be lining up for Splitter to have a good rookie season, especially when many Spurs veterans spoke so highly of the Brazilian in training camp.
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