San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw wants to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Diaw confirmed his interest on Twitter (albeit in French).
Diaw, 31, has been one of the pleasant surprises of the Spurs' season. In fact, I would go as far as to proclaim him the Spurs' fourth best player — behind Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.
He's been that good. (This is not to say he's better than Kawhi Leonard or Tiago Splitter. He's just played better thus far. Important distinction.)
And this is the same guy who was cut from the 7-59 Charlotte Bobcats three years ago.
With the Spurs' rotation in shambles — seriously, they have 11 healthy bodies and three belong to Aron Baynes, Nando De Colo and Othyus Jeffers — Diaw's minutes have predictably spiked. His production has also spiked. He's averaging 10.6 points since Splitter's injury and 15 points in his last six games.
Perhaps more importantly: Boris, typically an apathetic shooter, is averaging 7.1 shots in Splitter's absence. His assist percentages are also in line with last year, indicative of a player inheriting a larger share of the offense and, more importantly, succeeding. His usage rate is also up this season.
And where would the Spurs be without Diaw? He's filled in for Splitter, he can guard the rangier forwards that give Splitter and Duncan trouble, he is a reliable shooter (no sarcasm) and he has the rare ability, for someone his size, to put the ball on the floor and break down a susceptible defense. He is, in a few words, very valuable this season. There will be certain matchups that will neutralize him — namely, Oklahoma City — but he'll be important in a potential series with the Miami Heat.
Scorin' Boris wants to play in the 2014 World Cup. It's a well-deserved honor.