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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Boris Diaw, France From A three-year member of Pau Orthez, France's top league team, Diaw averaged 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 93 games...With an increase in playing time this past season he totaled 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 23 contests and connected on 59.6 percent of his shots...Two days after his selection by the Hawks, he helped his team to their second French League championship, along with teammate Mickael Pietrus, a first round choice (11th overall) of the Golden State Warriors...Played for the France Senior National Team and competed in the European Championships...At the age of 16 began participating in France's lower divisions (winning a gold medal at the 2000 European Championships) until a promotion to Pau Orthez prior to the start of the 2000-01 campaign...In his first season, he was named 2001 Pro A Newcomer of the Year for Pau Orthez as they took home the league championship...With a 7.7 scoring average in year two he was selected to play the league's All-Star Game and won the slam dunk contest... Also played two seasons for Centre Federal, previously known as INSEP, the French National Institute for Sports and Physical Education.

Boris Diaw-Riffiod Profile

Name: Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod

Postion: Forward/Guard/Center
Nickname: N/A
Born: 04/16/1982
Origin: Cormeille-en-Parisis, France
Status: Active
Height: 6-8/2,03cm
Weight: 215lbs./97,5kg.
Schools: French National Institute for Sports and Physical Education (INSEP)
Drafted: 2003, 1st round, 21st pick overall by Atlanta Hawks
Languages: French, Spanish, English
Website: Boris Diaw Site Officiel & InterBasket
Teams (Jersey): French National Team, Pau Orthez, Atlanta Hawks (13,32), Phoenix Suns
IBN Notes: One of those rare players that can effectively play and defend all five positions, Diaw's versatility, from driving to the hoop to his uncanny passing ability, helped the 2005-06 Phoenix Suns overcome the loss of Amare Stoudemire due to a season-ending injury.  Diaw continually improved throughout his breakout season; going from pleasant surprise to key role player to NBA most-improved player of the year to a critical go-to guy against the Lakers, Clippers and Mavericks. Diaw, once an after-thought, is now an invaluable piece of the Phoenix Suns future and probable NBA All-star.

Accomplishments: Two French League Championships, third place and a spot on the all-tournament team for EuroBasket 2005. 2001 Pro A Newcomer of the Year for Pau Orthez
Boris Diaw Links  From our forum:  The Boris Diaw Thread, The French Connection, Diaw wins NBA Most Improved Player, Boris Diaw and Mickael Pietrus  France Basketball Forum  Article(s):  Boris Diaw Interview with InsideHoops, Boris Diaw Photo Gallery (Yahoo!)