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Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw (born April 16, 1982 in Cormeillesmarker, Francemarker), is a Frenchmarker professional basketball player for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. After being traded in a multi-player deal with his former team, the Phoenix Suns on December 10, 2008, he made his debut with the Bobcats on Saturday, December 13. Diaw is 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and 235 lbs (106.6 kg). He played for Pau Orthez, France's top league team, before joining the NBA. His NBA career averages are 8.4 point, 4.7 rebound, and 4.0 assist per game.

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.

Career

In 2000, he won the European Junior Championship with the French National Team. He 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. He had won the bronze medal at the European Championship with the French National Team in 2005.

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 Amare Stoudemire and Kurt Thomas. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.During the 2006 NBA playoffs as the Suns' starting center, Diaw averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.10 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 15th, 2006, Diaw recorded his fifth career triple-double in a victory against the Golden State Warriors.

In July 2006 Diaw was named captain of the French national team. Diaw led the French team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship with 107 points and 22 assists in 9 games.

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.

Career transactions



Player profile

At 6'8" and 230 lbs, Diaw is a natural small 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 [168910] despite playing out of position. Based on the 2007–2008 Season:His PPG: 8.5his RPG: 4.50his BPG: 0.5his APG: 3.9his EFF: +11.71. 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 December 2006, he has recorded five of them.

Family and personal life

Athletics run in his family as his 6'2" (1.88 m) mother Élisabeth Riffiod is regarded as one of the best centers in French women's basketball history, while his father Issa Diaw was a Senegalesemarker high jump champion. He also has a half brother, Papa Saliou "Paco" Diaw, who was a guard at Georgia Techmarker, but transferred to Lee Universitymarker, a small NAIA school in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Paco's major is French, which he already speaks as a native of Dakarmarker, Senegal. His other brother is Martin Diaw, who played basketball for Division II's California University of Pennsylvaniamarker.

His surname is West African-Fulani in origin and is identical to the Gambian surname Jawo. While it is spelled "Di" this is pronounced as a "J," so the traditional pronunciation is "J'ow." The dual spellings are a result of separate British and French latinizations of Fula surnames during colonial times. Some other common examples include: Diallo from Senegal (a former French colony) becomes Jallow in The Gambia, a former British colony; and Diop becomes Jobe.

Diaw and fellow French NBA star, Tony Parker, are long-time friends and former roommates. Diaw was the best man in Tony Parker's wedding to Mexican-American actress Eva Longoria.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

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 .9 .8 15.1
Career
459 269 29.0 .499 .338 .704 4.8 4.0 .7 .5 9.2

Playoffs

2005–06
Phoenix
20 20 39.8 .526 .429 .761 6.7 5.2 .9 1.1 18.7
2006–07
Phoenix
10 0 23.5 .475 .000 .667 3.2 3.0 .7 .2 6.6
2007–08
Phoenix
5 2 35.6 .547 .000 .500 5.6 4.6 .6 .8 14.6
Career
35 22 34.5 .522 .150 .734 5.5 4.5 .8 .8 14.7

See also



References

  1. Bell, Diaw, Singeltary to make Bobcats debuts Saturday
  2. Boris Diaw profile http://www.interbasket.net/players/diaw.htm
  3. Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed
  4. Bobcats Acquire Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary from Phoenix
  5. Paco Diaw profile
  6. Hawks Strike Gold with Diaw


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