San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw has decided to pick up his player option for next season and return to the Spurs for about $4.7 million:
Diaw’s season averages of 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game may not seem like much, but he is a key cog in the Spurs’ rotation. His versatility on both offense and defense give the Spurs the flexibility to play big or small and match up with anyone. Offensively, Diaw is an excellent passer and has great court vision for a big and is a good ball handler and an effective outside shooter. Defensively, Diaw has shown the ability to defend the post and perimeter well.
The lasting memory most will have of Diaw from this past season is how surprisingly effective he was at defending LeBron James in these past NBA Finals, holding him to 3-13 shooting when matched up with him in Game 5 and then blocking him at the rim in Game 6. This, despite Diaw not being particularly athletic and often being the butt of “fat” jokes, has led many to affectionately call him the “LeBron Stopper.” Hey, it might not always look pretty and Boris might not have the physique of LeBron or Dwight Howard, but he gets the job done.
The Spurs originally signed Diaw after he was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats two seasons ago. Diaw is close friends with fellow Frenchman Tony Parker, a factor most believe played a role in him choosing to sign with San Antonio initially. He signed a two-year, $9.2 million contract last offseason, which had a player option for the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season. It appears both parties are happy with the situation, as Diaw is a valuable member of the Spurs organization signed at a reasonable price. We should look forward to seeing Diaw back with the Silver & Black next season.