The Top 5 Plays Of Boris Diaw’s Career

By: 05.18.12
Excuse the pun, but the Spurs’ Boris Diaw doesn’t hold the weight of say, an NBA MVP. Or an All-Star. Or some role players. But on Thursday the big Frenchman hit all seven of his field goals and went for 16 points to help put San Antonio ahead, 2-1, on the Los Angeles Clips. He’s your average role player, who nine years into his career has averages of 9.5 points, 4.9 boards and 4.0 assists per game on 49 percent shooting. He’s also the butt of nearly every fat joke in the NBA.
Subscribe to UPROXX

According to similarity scores by Basketball Reference, he’s in the same conversation as Matt Harpring, M.L. Carr and Donyell Marshall, and that’s a very quiet conversation. It’s not to say he’s become the missing link to the Spurs’ success since his late-season pickup on March 23 as a free agent (but the Spurs are 26-2 since he arrived). Here’s what Gregg Popovich said about Diaw after the Game 3 win: “(Diaw) is pretty well known for what he does. He’s done it for other teams, and now he’s doing it for us. He’s fit in pretty seamlessly. It’s basketball, it’s not that complicated.”

Instead, with the Spurs’ too-old, too-slow persona back in vogue, Diaw’s perfect playoff night’s a chance to look at the most memorable plays of his NBA career.

*** *** ***

5. A highlight by default, Diaw’s “block” of LeBron is pretty hilarious nonetheless. LBJ goes up, ball goes in the rim, ball goes of Diaw’s dome out of the rim. Cut, move on to the next scene.

4. Amar’e isn’t a shutdown forward on the defensive end, but Diaw puts him through a spin cycle with the spin move and finish with the opposite hand. Some help defense — any semblance of help D, for that matter — would have helped, of course, but with the Knicks you can’t expect that.

Around The Web

Featured

From Showman To Shaman: How An Assassination Attempt Changed Bob Marley’s Life And Music

From Zero To Guitar Hero, Meet The Small-Town Musician Who’s Well On His Way

Hannibal Buress On ‘Comedy Camisado,’ Animation, And Doing Stand-Up In Japan

Phil Matarese And Mike Luciano Talk ‘Animals.’ And Creating Television In Their Apartment

‘Black Sheep’ Revisited: The Farley-Spade Classic That Could’ve Been, 20 Years Later

EAT THIS CITY: Chef Callie Speer Shares Her ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences In Austin, Texas

Kimbo Slice Is Down To Fight Kurt Angle And Roy Jones, Jr. As Soon As He Settles His Business At Bellator 149

By:  •  2 Comments

A Top Recruit Michigan Landed On Signing Day Isn’t Who You Think He Is At All

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. On How His Personal Ancestry Obsessions Led To ‘Finding Your Roots’

Love Books? Plan A Trip To The Most Literary City In The Country

What The Shot-For-Shot Remake Of The ‘Magnum P.I.’ Intro Tells Us About ‘Archer’ Season 7

By:  •  2 Comments

‘The Most Badass Event’: Experiencing A Truck Race On A Ski Mountain, Which Is As Crazy As It Sounds