Although just one of the many moving parts that is the San Antonio Spurs‘ roster, Boris Diaw has been carving up NBA defenses all postseason long with highlight-reel passes and knockdown shooting. Even more impressive is how versatile he has become on the defensive end of the court, having grand success covering multiple positions.
Friday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio was more of the same. Although only recording two points and three assists, Diaw was able to grab 10 rebounds in his 33 minutes on the court, the second-most minutes of any Spurs player in Game 1. The more impressive stat was that in those 33 minutes on the court, Diaw’s plus/minus was a +30. That’s absolutely absurd, especially for player coming off the bench not named Manu Ginobli. Additionally, he played exceptional defense, most notably when tasked to cover LeBron James.
All of the above information screams Chicago Bulls to me. Diaw is a player who can create defensive movement from the four position, is one of the best passing big men in the game and plays hard on every possession. Add on the acceptable outside shooting stroke (40 percent this season) and Diaw could be the frontcourt answer off the bench for the Bulls next season. Even if he were to split time with Taj Gibson, having him on the floor for your team only makes you better.
Depending on who the Bulls sign in free agency, they may or may not have cap room to add the ultimate role player. But if they swing and miss on a player like Carmelo Anthony, signing a second-tier star on the wing and adding Diaw is still a pretty good summer in my book.
All that being said, I don’t see Diaw leaving the Spurs unless coach Gregg Popovich rides off into the sunset after this season alongside Tim Duncan. But in the case that scenario happens, Diaw may be one of the steals in free agency. At 32 years of age, he’s not a starter on good team, but he’s certainly a valuable role player.
The better he plays, the more teams that will covet him this offseason. And if the Spurs win the NBA title, I fully expect Diaw’s phone to be ringing as soon as free agency begins this summer.