Boris Diaw, or rather, Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod is a professional basketball player from France and normally plays as a small forward although he has played in all possible positions. Playing through school and college, Boris was selected for the French Junior National team and in 2000, he won the European Junior National Championships. He spent the next two years in Pau-Orthez, in the French League before being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, as 21st overall, in the 2003 NBA Draft.
He was with the Hawks for two seasons but remained a backup before being traded out to the Phoenix Suns in 2005. In the same year, he also won the European Championships with the French National Team. At the Suns, Diaw played in every conceivable position and was given the nickname “3D” for the number of dimensions he would display in the game. He averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game with 1.05 blocks as well. He was named to the All-Tournament team and was also awarded the Most Improved Player trophy at the end of the season.
At the NBA Playoffs at the end of the season, he averaged 18.7 points with 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists with 1.10 blocks per game. He became the first French player ever to record a triple-double in the NBA when he scored 14 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers. Within a month of that feat, he had 3 more triple-doubles to his name and one more by the end of the year.
In 2006, he was named as the captain of the French National team and led the team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships with 107 points and 22 assists in 9 games. Once Amar’e Stoudemire returned to the first team after injury, Diaw fell back to a reserve role and for the next two seasons, failed to register any double digit points. At the end of 2008, Diaw, along with Raja Bell and Sean Singletary were traded out to the Charlotte Bobcats while Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley went the other way.