Diaw notched a season-high 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and eight rebounds to go along with three assists, one block, and one steal over 22 minutes in Monday's win over the Trail Blazers. It's just the second time that Diaw has cracked double-digit scoring on the season, as he's typically inhibited by seeing less than 25 minutes per game, which has happened in all nine of his appearances thus far. With LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan ahead of him on the depth chart and the Spurs unlikely to change up their deep rotations at any point, Diaw will have difficultly sustaining fantasy value throughout the season.
Diaw managed six points and four rebounds in the Spurs win against New York on Monday. Diaw is currently backing up Tim Duncan at the Spurs' center position, even though they are both true power forwards. They are both playing the center position because of the additions of star veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and David West at power forward. This loaded front court has shown early on that Diaw will be more likely to see less minutes overall than he has in past seasons, in fact he is currently averaging 20.8 minutes per game compared to his 28.5 career average. As a result, his points and rebound numbers have shown a slight dip this year.
Diaw will make his preseason debut Sunday against the Pistons, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Diaw has been on the bench for the Spurs' first three exhibitions for rest and rehabilitation purposes, as he's not dealing with any sort of injury. The 33-year-old had spent the summer playing for the French National Team in the EuroBasket 2015 tournament, so coach Gregg Popovich felt it wasn't worthwhile to wear him out with a full preseason schedule. Diaw is set to serve as the Spurs' No. 4 big man, as starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan and newly-added bench piece David West likely rank ahead of him in the playing time picture.
Diaw (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Hawks. With the Spurs eager to make another run at the postseason, coach Gregg Popovich will sit Diaw in an attempt to keep his veteran as healthy as possible heading into the regular season.
Diaw (rest) will not play Monday against the Heat. In typical Spurs fashion, Diaw will be rested Monday as coach Gregg Popovich attempts to ensure his veterans are as healthy as possible when the regular season opens in just over two weeks.
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