Boris Diaw Quietly Showing Signs of Former Self with Balanced Scoring Efforts

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMay 19, 2012

Boris Diaw.
Boris Diaw.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The San Antonio Spurs are a deep team. They have a nice balance of veterans and young talent on their roster that gives them a lot of options when it comes to matching up in the playoffs.

One player that has been performing at a steady rate has been veteran center/forward Boris Diaw. As a matter of fact, Diaw, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, could very well use his time with the Spurs to find another contract next season.

After coming over to Charlotte from the Phoenix Suns back in December 2008, Diaw went from being an integral part of the Bobcats team (franchise record 258 consecutive starts) to being benched by then head coach Paul Silas for, in part, being out of shape.

It got to the point where Diaw wanted out of Charlotte, and he got his wish when the team released him and he decided to reunite with former French National teammate Tony Parker in San Antonio.

Not only is Diaw in a winning atmosphere, he also has been able to find a role on a veteran-laden team and has been playing like his old self (with the Phoenix Suns alongside Steve Nash). He has been playing a better all-around game, and with his ability to play multiple positions, he gives the Spurs' coaching staff another potential mismatch to exploit during the playoffs.

In the series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Diaw has been rather impressive in a starting role going up against high-flyer Blake Griffin. Diaw posted seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes of play in Game 1.

In Game 2, Diaw posted 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the field in another victory for the Spurs, who now lead the series 2-0.

This is great for Diaw on a personal level, as he can show that he wants to continue his professional basketball career and is showing the rest of the league that he can actually do it. Additionally, he is doing it on a team that appears to be on a roll so far in the postseason.