Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw (born April 16, 1982), is a French professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Diaw played in the French League before joining the NBA. He plays mostly at power forward and is listed at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and 250 lbs (113 kg).
At the end of the 2005–06 NBA season, Diaw was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Diaw won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.
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.
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. In August 2005, he was traded with two future first round picks to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Joe Johnson.
On September 28, 2011, Diaw signed with JSA Bordeaux of France for the duration the 2011 NBA lockout. In December 2011, he returned to the Charlotte Bobcats.
On March 21, 2012, Diaw was waived by the Bobcats. Two days later, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of the season.
On July 12, 2012, Diaw re-signed with the Spurs 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.
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.
On July 15, 2014, Diaw re-signed with the Spurs to a reported three-year, $22 million contract.
On August 1, 2015, Diaw played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.
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Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2014)
NBA Most Improved Player (2006)
French League French Player’s MVP (2003)
French League Rising Star (2002)
Men’s basketball Competitor for France France
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Spain