During the 2011-2012 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs made an extremely underrated move by bringing in big man Boris Diaw from who had spent the season with the Charlotte Bobcats up to that point. Diaw immediately found a role with the team and head coach Gregg Popovich gave him meaningful minutes on a regular basis.
Last year, Diaw was instrumental at times in being yet another option on the offense which featured plenty of diverse weapons. He displayed the ability to get his teammates involved in the passing game even, making an occasional point guard-like dish to get the crowd on its feet.
Diaw also contributed offensively in terms of shooting. Last year he shot 53 percent from the field, including 38 percent from beyond the arc. He’s no offensive juggernaut by any means, but Diaw definitely could put the ball in the basket when given the opportunity.
Recently in an interview with French website Sport24.com, Diaw was asked about his future in San Antonio in comparison to lifelong Spur Tony Parker. He gave the following response:
“For Tony, this is normal since he started with the Spurs. For me, it’s different. I still have a one year contract with San Antonio. Then we’ll see. We just had a great adventure in the playoffs even though we would have preferred that it ended with a title.”
It’s interesting to note how laid back Diaw seems about his future with the team. I’m not sure about anybody else, but I would think that a player would want to do everything possible to have a team like the Spurs hold onto him. There’s no organization, nor coach, like the Spurs and Popovich.