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8 G | 9.5 MPG | 4.9 PPG (45.2 FG%) | 81.8 FT% | 2.8 RPG
• On the eve of the February 23rd trade deadline, the Sixers landed Splitter, along with a 2017 second-round draft pick, via a swap with Atlanta. In exchange, the Hawks received veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova. The deal reunited Splitter with Brett Brown, who was an assistant coach for San Antonio during the first three seasons of Splitter’s five-year tenure with the organization.
• Upon acquiring Splitter, it was uncertain whether the 32-year old would even be able to suit up for the Sixers before the end of the season. He had been dealing with a string of injuries that had kept him sidelined dating all the way back to the middle of the 2015-2016 campaign. Splitter, however, used his time with the Sixers to continue rehabbing a right calf problem, and eventually found himself making his debut with the club March 28th in Brooklyn. The outing was his first since January 31st, 2016.
• Playing under a guideline in which he was limited mostly to clumps of three to four minutes at a time, Splitter managed to appear in eight of the Sixers’ final nine outings of the seasons. He registered points and rebounds in each game.
Even with six years in the NBA on his resume, and time running out in the 2016-2017 season, Splitter took a determined approach to recovering from a pesky right calf strain, all in hopes of getting back on the court before the end of the campaign. He was rewarded for his efforts, and, in that March 28th visit to Brooklyn, was finally healthy enough to be cleared for action nearly 14 months after he first got hurt. The following basket was his first as a Sixer.
Down the stretch of the season, Splitter spoke frequently about how much his love and passion for basketball motivated him during a lengthy rehab from multiple injuries. It seemed fitting that in the Sixers’ last game of the season, he not only pitched in with 12 helpful points, but delivered a tough jump hook that briefly nudged the team in front during the final minute of play.
With the Sixers particularly shorthanded in their finale at New York, Splitter’s playing time was given a boost. He posted 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting and five rebounds in 21 minutes, all of which were season-highs.
Statement for the Summer:
“I played 30 games last season [15-16], and wasn’t feeling good those 30 games. Now, after long surgery, after taking care of my body, I have the opportunity to play again, and feel like a basketball player again, the player that I was in San Antonio. I hope to keep building this. Every day I feel better, stronger, more comfortable with my body. I just want to go from there, and go to the next season.”
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