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Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
(born April 16, 1982), is a French professional basketball player for Levallois Metropolitans of the LNB Pro A. Diaw, who began his professional career in Pro A, returned to that league after 14 seasons in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He plays mostly at power forward. In 2006, Diaw was named the NBA's Most Improved Player as a member of the Phoenix Suns. He won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Diaw represents the senior French national basketball team internationally. He won a FIBA World Cup bronze medal in 2014, a EuroBasket
EuroBasket
title in 2013, a silver medal in EuroBasket
EuroBasket
2011, and two bronze in EuroBasket
EuroBasket
2005 and EuroBasket
EuroBasket
2015. He earned an All- EuroBasket
EuroBasket
Team selection in 2005.

Contents

1 Professional career

1.1 Pau-Orthez (2001–2003) 1.2 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
(2003–2005) 1.3 Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
(2005–2008) 1.4 Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2012) 1.5 San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(2012–2016) 1.6 Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(2016–2017) 1.7 Levallois Metropolitans
Levallois Metropolitans
(2017–present)

2 NBA career statistics

2.1 Regular season 2.2 Playoffs

3 International career

3.1 International stats

4 Player profile 5 Personal life 6 Off the court 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Professional career Pau-Orthez (2001–2003) From 2001 to 2003, Diaw played for Pau-Orthez of the LNB Pro A. In 2002, he competed in the league's All-Star game and the Slam Dunk contest. Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
(2003–2005) Diaw was selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
with the 21st overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. On July 10, 2003, he signed a multi-year deal with the Hawks. Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
(2005–2008) In August 2005, he was traded with two future first round picks to the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in exchange for future teammate Joe Johnson.[1] 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 surname. Diaw averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game on 52.6% field goal shooting and 73.1% from the free throw line in the 2005–06 season where he played both forward positions and then center after injuries to Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire
and Kurt Thomas. Diaw recorded his first career triple-double on January 31, 2006 when the Suns defeated the Philadelphia 76ers
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 recorded his second career triple-double shortly afterwards on March 5, 2006 when the Suns defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 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
Los Angeles Lakers
as the Suns lost 109–89. 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. In Game 1 of the 2006 Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Diaw scored a career-high 34 points, including the game-winner with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, to help the Suns to a 121–118 victory. On December 15, 2006, Diaw recorded his fifth career triple-double in a victory against the Golden State Warriors. Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2012)

Diaw with the Bobcats in 2009

On December 10, 2008, Diaw, along with Raja Bell
Raja Bell
and Sean Singletary, was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley.[2] On September 28, 2011, Diaw signed with JSA Bordeaux
JSA Bordeaux
of France for the duration the 2011 NBA lockout.[3] In December 2011, he returned to the Charlotte Bobcats. On March 21, 2012, Diaw was waived by the Bobcats.[4] San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
(2012–2016) Two days later, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
for the rest of the season.[5] On July 12, 2012, Diaw re-signed with the Spurs[6] to a reported two-year, $9.2 million deal. Diaw helped the Spurs reach the 2013 NBA Finals where they faced the Miami Heat. San Antonio lost the series in seven games.

Diaw playing for the Spurs in 2014

On June 15, 2014, Diaw won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4-1 in the 2014 NBA Finals. He was inserted into the starting lineup beginning with Game 3, and he led all players in the series in total assists (29) and was second in total rebounds (43) behind teammate Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
(50). Diaw averaged 35 minutes per game in the Finals, an increase of over 10 minutes from the regular season.[7] On July 15, 2014, Diaw re-signed with the Spurs[8] to a reported three-year, $22 million contract.[9] On August 1, 2015, Diaw played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.[10] Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(2016–2017) On July 8, 2016, Diaw was traded, along with a 2022 second-round pick and cash considerations, to the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
in exchange for the rights to Olivier Hanlan.[11] In early November 2016, Diaw missed eight games with a right leg contusion.[12] On July 13, 2017, he was waived by the Jazz.[13] Levallois Metropolitans
Levallois Metropolitans
(2017–present) On September 17, 2017, Diaw signed with the French team Levallois Metropolitans for the 2017–18 season. [14] NBA career statistics

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
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

† Denotes season in which Diaw won an NBA Championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2003–04 Atlanta 76 37 25.3 .447 .231 .602 4.5 2.4 .8 .5 4.5

2004–05 Atlanta 66 25 18.2 .422 .180 .740 2.6 2.3 .6 .3 4.8

2005–06 Phoenix 81 70 35.5 .526 .267 .731 6.9 6.2 .7 1.0 13.3

2006–07 Phoenix 73 59 31.1 .538 .333 .683 4.3 4.8 .4 .5 9.7

2007–08 Phoenix 82 19 28.1 .477 .317 .744 4.6 3.9 .7 .5 8.8

2008–09 Phoenix 22 0 24.5 .567 .357 .692 3.8 2.1 .5 .4 8.3

2008–09 Charlotte 59 59 37.6 .495 .419 .686 5.9 4.9 .8 .7 15.1

2009–10 Charlotte 82 82 35.4 .483 .320 .769 5.2 4.0 .7 .7 11.3

2010–11 Charlotte 82 82 33.9 .492 .345 .683 5.0 4.1 .9 .6 11.3

2011–12 Charlotte 37 28 27.5 .410 .267 .630 5.3 4.3 .5 .5 7.4

2011–12 San Antonio 20 7 20.3 .588 .615 .625 4.3 2.4 .7 .3 4.7

2012–13 San Antonio 75 20 22.8 .539 .385 .723 3.4 2.4 .7 .4 5.8

2013–14† San Antonio 79 24 25.0 .521 .402 .739 4.1 2.8 .6 .4 9.1

2014–15 San Antonio 81 15 24.5 .460 .320 .774 4.3 2.9 .4 .3 8.7

2015–16 San Antonio 76 4 18.2 .527 .362 .737 3.1 2.3 .3 .3 6.4

2016–17 Utah 73 33 17.6 .446 .247 .743 2.2 2.3 .2 .1 4.6

Career 1064 564 27.0 .493 .336 .717 4.4 3.5 .6 .5 8.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2006 Phoenix 20 20 39.8 .526 .429 .761 6.7 5.2 .9 1.1 18.7

2007 Phoenix 10 0 23.5 .475 .000 .667 3.2 3.0 .7 .2 6.6

2008 Phoenix 5 2 35.6 .547 .000 .500 5.6 4.6 .6 .8 14.6

2010 Charlotte 4 4 38.0 .500 .111 .500 5.0 4.0 .3 .8 7.5

2012 San Antonio 14 14 24.7 .514 .500 .750 5.2 2.5 .8 .3 6.2

2013 San Antonio 16 1 17.1 .444 .385 .857 2.5 1.8 .3 .2 4.1

2014† San Antonio 23 3 26.3 .500 .400 .688 4.9 3.4 .6 .1 9.2

2015 San Antonio 7 0 28.3 .479 .222 .692 6.1 3.6 .7 .4 11.6

2016 San Antonio 9 0 17.7 .457 .333 .750 2.1 2.3 .2 .4 5.2

2017 Utah 11 9 18.4 .500 .429 .900 1.9 2.0 .6 .4 5.7

Career 119 53 26.4 .504 .336 .736 4.4 3.2 .6 .4 9.2

International career

Diaw playing for France in 2015.

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
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
EuroBasket
tournament. International stats

Tournament Games played Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game

2003 EuroBasket 6 4.7 4.5 0.7

2005 EuroBasket 7 13.7 5.3 3.4

2006 FIBA World Championship 9 11.9 6.0 2.4

2007 EuroBasket 9 9.3 5.8 1.2

2009 EuroBasket 8 7.5 4.2 3.8

2010 FIBA World Championship 6 8.5 5.7 3.7

2011 EuroBasket 11 8.0 4.7 2.5

2012 Olympics 6 7.7 6.0 4.3

2013 EuroBasket 11 10.4 4.6 3.4

2014 FIBA World Cup 9 9.2 4.6 4.0

2015 EuroBasket 9 6.2 3.0 4.0

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 4 8.0 6.0 3.2

2016 Summer Olympics 6 8.3 4.2 4.7

2017 EuroBasket 6 9.2 5.7 3.5

Player profile At 6'8" and 250 lbs, Diaw is a natural forward. However, his passing skills and ability 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
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 March 2016, he has recorded six of them.[15] Personal life Diaw's 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) mother, Élisabeth Riffiod, is regarded as one of the best centers in French women's basketball history, and is a member of the French Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame, while his father, Issa Diaw, is a former Senegalese high jump champion. He has a half-brother, Paco Diaw, who was a guard at Georgia Tech,[16] 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.[17] Diaw and fellow French NBA star and Spurs teammate Tony Parker
Tony Parker
are long-time friends and former roommates. Diaw was the best man at Parker's wedding to actress Eva Longoria.[18] In 2005, Diaw established a non-profit foundation, Babac'Ards, to organize sports activities for Senegalese youth and aid "developmental education".[19] Off the court In 2009, Diaw became vice-president and shareholder of the JSA Bordeaux basketball club in his native France and took over as president one year later. In 2017, he stepped down as president of the club.[20] See also

National Basketball
Basketball
Association portal List of European basketball players in the United States List of NBA players with 1000 games played

References

^ "Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed". NBA.com. August 19, 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2014.  ^ "Suns trade Bell, Diaw for Bobcats' Richardson". NBA.com. December 18, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2014.  ^ Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
officially signs for JSA Bordeaux ^ "Bobcats waive Boris Diaw". ESPN.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2014.  ^ Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
signed by Spurs ^ Spurs Re-Sign Boris Diaw ^ Abrams, Jonathan (June 16, 2014). "Mon Frère Boris". Grantland.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.  ^ SPURS RE-SIGN BORIS DIAW ^ Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
Agrees To Three-Year, $22M Deal With Spurs ^ NBA stars, legends shine as Team World rallies to beat Team Africa ^ "Jazz Acquire Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
and Draft Pick from Spurs". NBA.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.  ^ "Marc Gasol scores 22 points, Grizzlies beat Jazz 102-96". ESPN.com. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016.  ^ "Jazz Waive Boris Diaw". NBA.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.  ^ " Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
officially signs with Levallois Metropolitans". Sportando.com. September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.  ^ Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
Game Finder – Triple-doubles ^ Paco Diaw Bio ^ Hawks Strike Gold with Diaw Archived March 11, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Boris Diaw, Are You Ready to Be Tony Parker's Best Man?". aolsportsblog.com. May 8, 2007. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2007.  ^ "Babac'Ards - Empowering women & girls in Senegal
Senegal
through sport". iwg-gti.org. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.  ^ " Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
annonce son retrait des JSA Bordeaux". BeBasket (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-17. 

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Levallois Metropolitans
Levallois Metropolitans
current roster

0 Odom 2 Johnson 7 Roos 9 N'Doye 10 Prepelič 11 Nwaelele 12 Cornelie 13 Campbell 14 Loubaki 20 Ware 26 Eliezer-Vanerot 33 Diaw 40 Lesca 77 Février

Head coach: Fauthoux Assistant coaches: Giffa

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France squads

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France squad – EuroBasket
EuroBasket
2005 – Bronze medal

4 Fauthoux 5 Gelabale 6 Rigaudeau 7 Julian 8 M. Piétrus 9 Parker 10 Diarra 11 F. Piétrus 12 Schmitt 13 Diaw 14 Weis 15 Giffa Coach: Bergeaud

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France squad – 2006 FIBA World Championship
2006 FIBA World Championship
– 5th place

4 Gomis 5 Gelabale 6 Jeanneau 7 Foirest 8 M. Piétrus 9 Diarra 10 Bokolo 11 F. Piétrus 12 Petro 13 Diaw 14 Turiaf 15 Weis Coach: Bergeaud

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France squad – EuroBasket
EuroBasket
2011 – Silver medal

4 Noah 5 Batum 6 Séraphin 7 Albicy 8 Kahudi 9 Parker 10 Traoré 11 Piétrus 12 de Colo 13 Diaw 14 Tchicamboud 15 Gelabale Coach: Collet

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France squad – 2012 Summer Olympics – 6th place

4 Séraphin 5 Batum 6 Causeur 7 Diawara 8 Traoré 9 Parker 10 Bokolo 11 Piétrus 12 de Colo 13 Diaw 14 Turiaf 15 Gelabale Coach: Collet

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France squad – EuroBasket
EuroBasket
2013 – Gold medal

4 Lauvergne 5 Batum 6 Diot 7 Petro 8 Kahudi 9 Parker 10 Heurtel 11 Piétrus 12 de Colo 13 Diaw 14 Ajinça 15 Gelabale Coach: Collet

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France squad – 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
FIBA Basketball World Cup
– Bronze medal

4 Heurtel 5 Batum 6 Diot 7 Lauvergne 8 Lombahe-Kahudi 9 Jackson 10 Fournier 11 Piétrus 12 Gobert 13 Diaw 14 Tillie 15 Gelabale Coach: Collet

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France squad – 2015 EuroBasket
EuroBasket
– Bronze medal

4 Westermann 5 Batum 7 Lauvergne 8 Lombahe-Kahudi 9 Parker 10 Fournier 11 Piétrus 12 de Colo 13 Diaw 15 Gelabale 16 Gobert 19 Jaiteh Coach: Collet

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France squad – 2016 Summer Olympics – 6th place

4 Heurtel 5 Batum 6 Diot 7 Lauvergne 8 Lombahe-Kahudi 9 Parker 11 Piétrus 12 de Colo 13 Diaw 15 Gelabale 16 Gobert 17 Tillie Coach: Collet

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San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
2013–14 NBA champions

2 Leonard (Finals MVP) 3 Belinelli 4 Green 5 Joseph 7 James 8 Mills 9 Parker 11 Ayres 15 Bonner 16 Baynes 20 Ginóbili 21 Duncan 22 Splitter 23 Daye 33 Diaw

Head coach Popovich

Assistant coaches Boylen Engelland Forcier Marks Udoka

Regular season Playoffs

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2003 NBA draft

First round

LeBron James Darko Miličić Carmelo Anthony Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Chris Kaman Kirk Hinrich T. J. Ford Michael Sweetney Jarvis Hayes Mickaël Piétrus Nick Collison Marcus Banks Luke Ridnour Reece Gaines Troy Bell Žarko Čabarkapa David West Sasha Pavlović Dahntay Jones Boris Diaw Zoran Planinić Travis Outlaw Brian Cook Carlos Delfino Ndudi Ebi Kendrick Perkins Leandro Barbosa Josh Howard

Second round

Maciej Lampe Jason Kapono Luke Walton Jerome Beasley Sofoklis Schortsanitis Szymon Szewczyk Mario Austin Travis Hansen Steve Blake Slavko Vraneš Derrick Zimmerman Willie Green Zaza Pachulia Keith Bogans Malick Badiane Matt Bonner Sani Bečirovič Mo Williams James Lang James Jones Paccelis Morlende Kyle Korver Remon van de Hare Tommy Smith Nedžad Sinanović Rick Rickert Brandon Hunter Xue Yuyang Andreas Glyniadakis

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NBA Most Improved Player Award

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