All-Decade Nominee: Nando De Colo

Nov 15, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Creative, deadly and almost unstoppable, Nando De Colo started the decade with promise and ended it as a second-to-none Turkish Airlines EuroLeague superstar. De Colo debuted with Valencia Basket in 2010 and averaged 10.3 points on a EuroLeague-best 95.7% free throw shooting as they came within a win of reaching the Final Four.

He returned to the competition with CSKA Moscow in 2014 and proceeded to dominate. De Colo led CSKA to EuroLeague titles in 2016 and 2019, reached the Final Four five times, and earned All-EuroLeague honors in each of those five seasons. In 2016, he made history as the only player ever to become EuroLeague MVP, Final Four MVP and Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner in the same season.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2016, 2019
  • Final Four MVP 2016
  • EuroLeague MVP 2015-16
  • Top Scorer 2015-16 (19.4)
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2014-15, 2018-19
  • Championship Game, Single Game Record Fouls Drawn (11)
  • Semifinal, Single Game Record 2-Pointers Made (9), Field Goals Made (11)
  • Final Four All-Time Leader Average Points (17.9), Fouls Drawn (5.8), Free Throws Made (5.9)
  • EuroLeague All-Time Leader Free Throw Percentage (683-728, 93,82%)
  • Led the EuroLeague in free throw percentage 2010-11 (67-70, 95.71), 2016-17 (139-145, 95.86)

De Colo has been the EuroLeague MVP of the month three times and his 16 MVP of the Round honors is a record. In seven EuroLeague seasons, De Colo ranks second in total points and performance index rating for the decade. He currently owns the highest career scoring average, 16.2 points, of any EuroLeague player with 100 games or more this century. He also ranks first all-time in free throw accuracy at 93.9%. By joining Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the prime of his career, De Colo this season opened a new chapter in an already legendary EuroLeague career.