Boris Diaw
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Boris Diaw

Boris Diaw
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Diaw with the San Antonio Spurs in 2015
Metropolitans 92
PositionPresident
Personal information
Born (1982-04-16) April 16, 1982 (age 38)
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d'Oise, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolINSEP (Paris, France)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2001-2018
PositionPower forward
Number32, 13, 3, 33
Career history
2001-2003Pau-Orthez
2003-2005Atlanta Hawks
2005-2008Phoenix Suns
2008-2012Charlotte Bobcats
2011JSA Bordeaux
2012-2016San Antonio Spurs
2016-2017Utah Jazz
2017-2018Levallois Metropolitans
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod (born April 16, 1982), better known as Boris Diaw, is a French basketball executive and former player who is the president of Metropolitans 92 of LNB Pro A. Diaw began his playing career in Pro A and returned to that league after 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played mostly at the power forward position. 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 was a member of the senior French national team. He won a FIBA World Cup bronze medal in 2014, a EuroBasket title in 2013, a silver medal in EuroBasket 2011, and two bronze in EuroBasket 2005 and EuroBasket 2015. He earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection in 2005.

Since July 2019, Diaw has served as president of Metropolitans 92.

Professional basketball career

Pau-Orthez (2001-2003)

From 2001 to 2003, Diaw played for Pau-Orthez of the LNB Pro A, a French professional basketball league. In 2002, he competed in the league's All-Star game and the Slam Dunk contest.

Atlanta Hawks (2003-2005)

Diaw was selected by the 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 (2005-2008)

In August 2005, he was traded with two future first round picks to the 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 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. 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.

Charlotte Bobcats (2008-2012)

Diaw with the Bobcats in 2009

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.[2]

On September 28, 2011, Diaw signed with 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 (2012-2016)

Two days later, he signed with the 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 (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 (2016-2017)

On July 8, 2016, Diaw was traded, along with a 2022 second-round pick and cash considerations, to the 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 (2017-2018)

On September 17, 2017, Diaw signed with the Levallois Metropolitans, a French team, for the 2017-18 season.[14] With Levallois, he played in the LNB Pro A and EuroCup. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.4 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game in 31 Pro A games.[15]

Retirement

Diaw announced his retirement via his Twitter account on September 6, 2018.[16]

NBA career statistics

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

National team 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 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.

International statistics

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 was a natural forward. However, his passing skills and ability to score inside earned him a reputation for being capable of playing all positions well. Diaw began the 2005-06 season as a reserve, substituted (effectively) at point guard when starting point guard Steve Nash was injured, started at small forward, and was finally moved to center when all three Suns centers were injured. Diaw's breakout season (13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game) was recognized with the Most Improved Player Award. Diaw was lauded for his unselfish but assertive play.[]

Executive career

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.[17]

On July 4, 2019, Diaw was announced as the new president of Metropolitans 92, succeeding Jean-Pierre Aubry.[18]

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. She is a member of the French Basketball Hall of Fame. Diaw's father, Issa Diaw, is a former Senegalese high jump champion. Diaw has a half-brother, Paco Diaw, who was a guard at Georgia Tech,[19] 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.[20]

Diaw and fellow French NBA star and Spurs teammate Tony Parker are long-time friends and former roommates. Diaw was the best man at Parker's wedding to actress Eva Longoria.[21]

In 2005, Diaw established a non-profit foundation, Babac'Ards, to organize sports activities for Senegalese youth and aid "developmental education".[22]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed". NBA.com. August 19, 2005. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Suns trade Bell, Diaw for Bobcats' Richardson". NBA.com. December 18, 2008. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Boris Diaw officially signs for JSA Bordeaux
  4. ^ "Bobcats waive Boris Diaw". ESPN.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Boris Diaw signed by Spurs
  6. ^ Spurs Re-Sign Boris Diaw
  7. ^ Abrams, Jonathan (June 16, 2014). "Mon Frère Boris". Grantland.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.
  8. ^ SPURS RE-SIGN BORIS DIAW
  9. ^ Boris Diaw Agrees To Three-Year, $22M Deal With Spurs
  10. ^ NBA stars, legends shine as Team World rallies to beat Team Africa
  11. ^ "Jazz Acquire Boris Diaw and Draft Pick from Spurs". NBA.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Marc Gasol scores 22 points, Grizzlies beat Jazz 102-96". ESPN.com. November 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Jazz Waive Boris Diaw". NBA.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Boris Diaw officially signs with Levallois Metropolitans". Sportando.com. September 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Boris Diaw Player Profile". Realgm.com. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Wells, Adam. "Boris Diaw Retires at Age 36; Played with Spurs, Suns, Hornets, Hawks, Jazz". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Boris Diaw annonce son retrait des JSA Bordeaux". BeBasket (in French). Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Jeep Élite : Boris Diaw officiellement président des Metropolitans 92 - Basket - Jeep Elite". L'Équipe. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "Paco Diaw Bio". Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Hawks Strike Gold with Diaw Archived March 11, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "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 2007.
  22. ^ "Babac'Ards - Empowering women & girls in Senegal through sport". iwg-gti.org. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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