Boris Diaw has been a significant piece in the Spurs second unit, the past few seasons. Last season, Diaw averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. Diaw played in 81 games, starting only 15 of them. Diaw has been a durable player for the Spurs, as he has played in at least 75 games each of his three full seasons.
May 2, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forwardBlake Griffin
(32) defends San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) in the first half of game seven of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Clippers won 111-109. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
This season Diaw will have a slightly different role with the additions of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. With Aldridge and Tim Duncan starting, Diaw will be asked to come off the bench with West. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Diaw sees minutes at center. He has the body to defend some backup centers, and he is much quicker, so it might not be a bad thing.
Diaw is a terrific playmaker and a decent outside shooter, which can spell trouble for opposing bigs.
Why should Fantasy Basketball owners keep an eye on Boris Diaw?
The days that Coach Gregg Popovich gives Duncan rest, particularly in back-to-back sets, Diaw is a worthy pickup.
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I wouldn’t recommend drafting Diaw, but keep him on your watch list. If there are any injuries to West, Aldridge, or Duncan, he is worthy of being picked up as well.
If Diaw gets more than 25 minutes, he is capable of dishing 4-5 assists, grabbing 6 rebounds, and hitting a three or two.
Keep an eye on Diaw, he can be a sneaky fill in, especially on those dry Thursday night game slates.