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Boris Diaw Gallery
January 1, 2005
The Phoenix Suns acquired second-year forward Boris Diaw from the Hawks in the deal that sent Joe Johnson to Atlanta on Aug. 19, 2005.
When the Suns opened their 2005 Training Camp in Tucson, Ariz., it was thought that Diaw might serve as a back-up point guard.
It didn't take long, though, for Diaw to demonstrate his ability to play in the post, as well.
The friendly Frenchman was quick to make friends with teammates, coaches and even the Suns' popular mascot.
The affable Diaw also quickly became a fan and media favorite.
On Nov. 6, Diaw came off the bench to register 11 points and 11 assists against Sacramento.
Good friends off the court, Boris Diaw and fellow Frenchman Tony Parker hang out in San Antonio before the Spurs hosted the Suns on Nov. 19.
After several close calls, his first career triple-double came during a victory in Philadelphia on Jan. 31. Diaw finished the contest with 14 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
Diaw scored 10-plus points 61 times and 20-plus points 11 times.
Even against the tallest opponents, Diaw isn't afraid to take it up strong inside.
The native of France scored a career-high 31 points against Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves on Dec. 26.
Diaw grabbed 10-plus rebounds 18 times, including a career-high 13 boards against the Hornets on Dec. 16.
Diaw set career highs in nearly every statistical catagory in 2005-06.
Diaw looks to expand his horizons beyond the hardwood.
Diaw notched 18 double-doubles on the season after registering just in his first two NBA seasons with Atlanta.
Boris joined the Suns' All-Star contingent when he served as a color analyst for a French broadcast network during All-Star Weekend in Houston.
The Suns' forward poses for a photo with "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria.
Diaw launched his official web site, BorisDiaw.com, in 2005-06, with both French and English versions.
Diaw takes it to the hole for two of his 16 points in Detroit on April 2.
Against the Lakers on April 7, Diaw was a strong presence inside with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
As the season progressed, Diaw also managed to improve his shot from outside the paint and finished the season with a career-high .526 field goal percentage.
Diaw lived up to his nickname of "3-D" by logging back-to-back triple-doubles at Golden State on April 14 and at the Lakers on April 16, his 24th birthday.
Diaw deals with the media like a true pro.
Diaw wonders why there's a photographer on the tarmac at Sky Harbor.
In his playoff debut, Diaw registered 15 pints, six rebounds and four assists against the Lakers on April 23.
Diaw displayed some nifty moves in scoring 13 points in Game 2 of the Suns' opening round playoff series with the Lakers.
Win or lose, Diaw always has a smile for all who come in contact with him.
Diaw signs an autograph outside the team's Los Angeles hotel.
Diaw contributed a well-rounded 21 points, eight boards and seven assists in Game 4 vs. the Lakers.
Boris Diaw - the NBA's 2006 Most Improved Player.