Diaw was very skilled at the power forward position, and he had a high basketball IQ.
Boris Diaw playing in the NBA
Before he played in the NBA, Diaw spent a few years playing in his home country of France. In 2003, the Atlanta Hawks selected him with the 21st pick in the NBA draft. Diaw played for the Hawks for two seasons, and he mostly came off the bench during those two seasons averaging over four points in scoring each season. During the 2005-06 season, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he showed a lot of improvement. Diaw started in 70 games for the Suns that season and averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.2 assists. His performance that season allowed him to be named NBA’s Most Improved Player.
Diaw played an important role on the Suns’ teams during his time in Phoenix. The Suns were one of the best teams in the league from 2006 to 2008. After his time in Phoenix, he joined the Charlotte Bobcats. The 2008-09 season was his first year with Charlotte, and he averaged a career-high in points with 15.1. He started in all 82 games during his first two seasons with the Bobcats, and his veteran leadership was very beneficial to the team.
After his time in Charlotte, Diaw was traded to the San Antonio Spurs. Diaw came off the bench in San Antonio and added depth to the second unit. He was nearing the end of his career during his time in San Antonio, but he continued to make an impact on the floor.
Boris Diaw winning his first championship toward the end of his career
Diaw played in the playoffs every year that he played in San Antonio. The Spurs were one of the most consistent teams in the league and were very disciplined. Diaw was a nice addition to the team as he knew his role. He would come off the bench and provide that energy the team may have been lacking at the time. Whether it was grabbing a rebound, making a nice pass, or hitting a shot, Diaw made sure to put his team in the best position to win games.
During the 2013-14 season, Diaw started in 24 games during the regular season and averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 rebounds. The Spurs went on to play in the 2014 NBA Finals as they took on the Miami Heat. San Antonio defeated Miami 4-1, and Diaw made three starts during the finals and averaged 6.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. Diaw ended his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, and he retired in 2018. He spent one year playing overseas in France after retiring from the NBA playing in the LNB Pro A and EuroCup.
Boris Diaw’s career as a basketball executive
During his NBA career, Diaw became vice-president and shareholder of the JSA Bordeaux basketball club in France in 2009. One year later, he became the president. In 2017 he stepped down as president of the club, and two years later, he was announced the new president of Metropolitans 92, a French professional basketball club.
Diaw continued to stay involved in the game of basketball, and instead of being on the court, he’s now in the offices making important decisions. He enjoyed a good basketball career and played for some good teams, even winning a championship. Diaw is a well-known figure throughout France, especially in the basketball world.