Diaw had his international debut in 2002 against Poland, making 196 appearances for the French side entering 2015. This will be his seventh EuroBasket while he has also featured in three World Cups, captaining the team to bronze in 2014 in Spain, and an Olympic Games in 2012. He was a member of the France team which won the U18 European Championship in 2000 and which took silver at EuroBasket 2011. He began his professional career with Pau-Orthez, winning the French League in 2001 and 2003 and the French Cup (2002, 2003). The Atlanta Hawks chose him with the 21st pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, while he has also played for Phoenix and Charlotte before linking up with close friend Tony Parker at the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 with both featuring in their 2014 championship run. His mother Elisabeth Riffiod was a celebrated France international center (247 appearances) while his father Issa Diaw represented Senegal in track and field. His two brothers, Paco and Martin, both played collegiate basketball in the USA. He has a foundation, Babac'Ards, which helps Senegalese youth, and he is also a skilled photographer. His full name is Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod.