What a season it’s been for scorers! This season marks the first time in more than a decade that the league’s top three scorers have averaged more than 17 points and appeared in more than 10 games. But only one of them can take home the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, which is awarded annually to the player who averages the most points in the competition. Let’s review the credentials of the top three contenders.
Keith Langford, Unics Kazan
Keith Langford captured the Ford Trophy in 2014 after averaging 17.6 points per game for EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. This season he has taken his scoring to new heights with a career-best 22.3 points per game, which is the eighth-highest in competition history. Langford’s three-point shooting (38.2%) is the second-best of his career and his free throw shooting (81.0%) is also career high. And he is sacrificing his body for many of those points; Langford’s 7.7 fouls drawn per game this season is the most in competition history for players with at least 15 appearances. Langford’s 36 points against CSKA Moscow in Round 4 is the most by any player this season. His career scoring average of 16.95 points per game is fifth-best in EuroLeague history. It will take a lot of scoring from his closest pursuers and a lot of defense from the rest of his opponents on the schedule to deny Langford his second Alphonso Ford Top Scorer trophy.
Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow
After capturing the Ford Trophy last season with 19.4 points per game, reigning EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo has upped his output a bit to 19.5 points this season. De Colo, who is the EuroLeague’s career leader in free throw accuracy (92.8%), is enjoying one of the top 10 seasons in league history from the line (95.2%) this season. His two-point accuracy is a career-best 56.0%, too. De Colo has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and is on pace to join the select 50-40-90 club (50% field goal shooting, 40% three-point shooting, 90% free throw shooting) for the second season in a row. His career scoring average of 15.85 points per game is 10th-best in EuroLeague history. After missing a few games, however, De Colo will need to score a lot more in what’s left of the season if he wishes to retain the trophy.
Andrew Goudelock, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
In his debut EuroLeague campaign with Fenerbahce Istanbul two years ago, Andrew Goudelock was the league’s runner-up in scoring and he has essentially matched those numbers this season with 17.3 points per game for Maccabi FOX. He is tied for the league lead in three-pointers made this season with 49 and no player among the top 10 can match his success rate of 45.8%. Goudelock has scored in double figures in every game this season and the "Mini-Mamba" is on pace to join the 50-40-90 club, too. Goudelock’s career scoring average of 17.1 points per game is the highest among active players and fourth-best in EuroLeague history. He has his work scoring cut out for him, however, if he is going to lift Maccabi’s fortunes and challenge for the Ford Trophy again.