NBA vet Boris Diaw had a 19-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple double to lead Paris-Levallois past Chalons-Reims 94-84 in France’s ProA league.
The 6-8, 250-pound forward shot 64 percent (7-of-11) from the field and also had a steal in the game
Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic added 23 points for Paris-Levallois in the win.
For Chalons-Reims, Ed Daniel (Murray St.) had 15 points with 13 rebounds, while Martin Hermannsson (LIU Brooklyn) added 11 points with 7 assists in the loss.
But the star of the game was Diaw, who is 7th in the ProA league in assists this season, averaging 13.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.1 dimes.
He comes from the NBA, where he averaged 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 17.6 minutes a game for the Utah Jazz last season.
Diaw was waived by the Jazz this summer before a July 15 deadline that would have guaranteed his $7.5 million salary for the upcoming season.
The 21st overall pick in the 2003 Draft by Atlanta, Diaw has averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons with the Hawks, Suns, Hornets, Spurs, and Jazz.
The French native has also been a mainstay of the country’s national team, most recently representing France at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when he averaged 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.
Diaw has also played professionally in France with the teams Pau Lacq Orthez, CFBB, and JSA Bordeaux.
“With the NBA not providing Diaw the opportunity he was looking for next season, he will be able to rebuild his value back home in France,” wrote the Bleacher Reports’ Rob Goldberg. “Since winning the Pro-A championship in 2012, Paris-Levallois hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals in the French Cup over the past four seasons. Diaw’s presence gives head coach Fred Fauthoux more length on his roster to try getting back to the top of the mountain [this] season.”
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