|No. 33 – San Antonio Spurs|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
April 16, 1982 |
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d'Oise, France
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Pro playing career||2001–present|
|2011||JSA Bordeaux (France 2nd)|
|2012–present||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw (born April 16, 1982), is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and 250 lbs (113 kg). He played for Pau Orthez, in the top French League, before joining the NBA.
At the end of the 2005–06 NBA season, Diaw was awarded the Most Improved Player trophy by garnering 80 first-place votes in balloting by 124 sports writers and sportscasters. He received 489 overall points.
Diaw won a slam dunk contest in France when he was selected to play in the France Pro-A league's All-Star game in 2002. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, twenty-first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft where he played for two seasons before being traded in the offseason of 2005 with two future first round picks to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Joe Johnson.
In Phoenix, Diaw blossomed into an all-round player, playing any position from center to point guard and garnered the nickname "3D" because of his multidimensional play (his motto being "drive, dish, defend") and the combination of his number (3) and last name. Diaw averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.05 blocks per game on .526 field goal percentage and 73.1% from the free throw line in the 2005–06 season for the Phoenix Suns, playing mostly small forward and then center in absence of the injured big men Amar'e Stoudemire and Kurt Thomas.
During the 2006 NBA playoffs as the Suns' starting center, Diaw averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game on .526 field goal percentage and 76% at the free throw line in 3 rounds of the playoffs. In Game 1 of the 2006 Western Conference Finals against the Mavericks, Diaw scored a career-high 34 points, including the game-winning 7-foot turnaround jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, to help his Suns to a 121–118 victory.
Diaw recorded his first career triple-double on January 31, 2006 when his Suns defeated the Philadelphia 76ers at Philadelphia, 123–99. Diaw had 14 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds, as well as a block and zero turnovers in 39 minutes. He is the first French NBA player ever to record a triple-double. He recorded his second career triple-double shortly afterwards on March 5, 2006 when his Suns defeated the Dallas Mavericks at Dallas, 115–107. On April 14, 2006, Diaw recorded his third career triple-double when the Suns suffered a loss to the Golden State Warriors, 110–102. Diaw had 11 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 16 assists, while adding three blocks and two steals in 42 minutes. Two days later, Diaw recorded his fourth career triple-double against the Los Angeles Lakers as his Suns lost 109–89. On December 15, 2006, Diaw recorded his fifth career triple-double in a victory against the Golden State Warriors.
In the 2008 NBA Playoffs, 1st Round, Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, even though he fouled out in the game, Diaw recorded almost another triple double with is 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in 44:51 minutes.
Diaw saw a reduced role with the Suns after the 2005–06 season with the return of Amar'e Stoudemire and largely played in a reserve role, failing to average double-digit points per game for the next two seasons. On December 10, 2008, Diaw, along with Raja Bell and Sean Singletary, was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley in a move by the Suns to retool their roster. Diaw scored the franchise's first playoff points.
On July 12, 2012, Diaw re-signed with the Spurs to a reported two-year, $9.2 million deal.
NBA career transactions
- June 26, 2003: Drafted 21st overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2003 NBA Draft.
- August 19, 2005: Traded by Atlanta along with two future first-round draft picks to the Phoenix Suns for Joe Johnson.
- December 10, 2008: Traded by Phoenix along with Raja Bell and Sean Singletary to the Charlotte Bobcats for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and a future second-round draft pick.
- March 21, 2012: Waived by the Bobcats.
- March 23, 2012: Signed by the San Antonio Spurs.
- July 12, 2012: Re-signed by the Spurs.
French national team
In 2000, Diaw won the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship with the French junior national team. In July 2006, Diaw was named the captain of the senior men's French national basketball team. He won the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2005.
Diaw led the French team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, with 107 points and 22 assists, in 9 games. In 2013, Diaw and the French team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket tournament.
|Tournament||Games played||Points per game||Rebounds per game||Assists per game|
|2010 FIBA World Championship||6||8.5||5.7||3.7|
At 6'8" and 250 lbs, Diaw is a natural forward. However, his passing skills and capability to score inside have earned him a reputation of being capable of playing all positions on the floor well. This is best seen in the 2005–06 season, during which Diaw started as a bench player, then convincingly subbed as a point guard when starting playmaker Steve Nash (that season's MVP) was injured, then started as a small forward and was finally moved to center when all three Suns pivots got injured, posting impressive stats of 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the playoffs despite playing out of position. His breakout season (13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game) was crowned with the Most Improved Player Award. He is lauded for his unselfish, but assertive play, and his versatility also makes him a triple-double threat: as of June 2012, he has recorded six of them.
Family and personal life
His 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) mother Élisabeth Riffiod is regarded[who?] as one of the best centers in French women's basketball history, while his father Issa Diaw was a Senegalese high jump champion. He also has a half brother, Papa Saliou "Paco" Diaw, who was a guard at Georgia Tech, but transferred to Lee University, a small NAIA school in the Southern States Athletic Conference. His other brother, Martin Diaw, played basketball for Division II's California University of Pennsylvania.
In 2005, Diaw established a non-profit foundation, Babac'Ards, to organize sports activities for Senegalese youth and aid "developmental education".
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games 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||Bold||Career high|
- Points: 31 @ Minnesota 12/26/05
- Rebounds: 16 2 times
- Assists: 16 @ Golden State 04/14/06
- Steals: 4 7 times
- Blocks: 7 vs. Washington 02/11/09
- Boris Diaw profile http://www.interbasket.net/players/diaw.htm
- "Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed". NBA.com. 2005-08-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- "Bobcats Acquire Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary from Phoenix". NBA.com. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- Diaw Signs With JSA Bordeaux
- "Bobcats Waive Boris Diaw". NBA.com. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- Boris Diaw signed by Spurs
- Spurs Re-Sign Boris Diaw
- Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed
- Bobcats Acquire Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary from Phoenix
- Boris Diaw Triple Doubles at basketball-reference.com
- Paco Diaw profile
- Hawks Strike Gold with Diaw
- "Boris Diaw, Are You Ready to Be Tony Parker's Best Man?". Retrieved 2007-05-12.
- "Who we are". Babac'Ards. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- Official website
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- USBasket.com Profile
- Boris Diaw Player Profile (InterBasket)