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A Look at Boris Diaw’s Performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup

By Jay Desai
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Boris Diaw played international basketball over the summer for his home-nation France in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Today, we take a look at the French player’s  performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Boris Diaw came into the 2014 FIBA World Cup fresh off an NBA Championship and a spectacular performance in the 2014 NBA Finals, averaging 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on 52.1% shooting and 25 minutes of action per game.

Diaw played a key role for the San Antonio Spurs during their championship run and he was able to translate his performance to the 2014 FIBA World Cup, leading France to a bronze medal.

Diaw, known for his all-around ability, finished the 2014 FIBA World Cup with averages of 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 25 minutes of action per game. Boris Diaw also played especially well inside the 3-point arc, shooting 56.4% on shots inside the 3-point line.

Boris Diaw saved his best for last as his most impressive games were in the final games in the knockout stage of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Diaw played effectively against Spain, scoring 13 points in addition to 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

The big man from France had his best game in a losing effort against the eventual Silver-medalists Serbia.

Don’t get it wrong though, even though Diaw had his best game in a loss the game was very close, a 90-85 finish, and had Boris Diaw not performed as admirably as he did, France would have most likely lost by a larger margin.

Boris Diaw grabbed 10 rebounds along with 13 points and 5 assists against Serbia. Diaw also shot 3-of-5 from behind the arc in his 32 minutes.

Diaw’s averages were right on pace with his previous international competition averages which were 9 points and 4.9 rebounds.

The former 2003 first round draft pick did see a jump in assists averages though, 4 assists in the 2014 FIBA World Cup compared to an average of 2.7 assists in all international events.

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Boris Diaw’s per 36 numbers from the 2014 FIBA World Cup were also about the same as they were for the San Antonio Spurs last season. Diaw played the same amount of minutes on average in both cases and scored and rebounded similarly.

Overall, Boris Diaw had a solid performance for France at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. With Diaw’s veteran experience and knowledge of the game, this should translate into another great year for the big man from France.

Boris Diaw’s entire player page for the 2014 FIBA World Cup can be seen here.

What do you think of Boris Diaw’s performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup? Let us know in the comments!

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