Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) defends Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Power forward6-8, 24010 seasonsSigned through 2013-14
Averages: 5.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.4 bpgPercentages: 53.9 FG%, 38.5 3-pt%, 72.3 FT%Advanced: 11.9 PER, plus 4.9 net rating
The San Antonio Spurs became the fourth team that Boris Diaw has played for in his career. When on the floor, Diaw did everything he could in order to put his stamp on the game. Though his scoring average does not pop out to you, his versatility does.
Diaw proved to be a key to the Spurs success during the playoffs. At 31, he could still pass with the best of them as well as play defense at a high energy. During the playoffs and the Finals, Diaw played as good as you possibly could. He is not the fastest of players but can still put his big body in front of you to stop you in your tracks, as he did to LeBron James in the Finals before….yeah we won’t go there.
What he does so well for his size is pass the ball. He has a great IQ when it comes to passing and knowing where his teammates are and how he can get a pass to them to make it easy for a bucket. Shooting wise, he tends to hit a three here and there but what he looks for when he is on the floor, keep the offense moving.
Dubbed the “Land Walrus” by many fans on twitter, one wonders if his healthy and lack of commitment to fitness will hurt him as his career goes on.
One thing for sure, he does all the little things that help your team win games. He is a true team player and every team would love to have a player such as Diaw.