All-Decade Nominee: Keith Langford

Dec 17, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

A born scorer with unbelievable one-on-one skills, Keith Langford relentlessly filled baskets for five Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams this decade. His poise, determination and ability to create his own shot made Langford unstoppable most nights. He averaged 15 or more points during six seasons and became just the second player to win the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy twice.

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Langford put up 15.5 points per game for Khimki Moscow Region as a EuroLeague rookie in 2010, and 18.7 the next. He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 2011-12 season, making a run to Game 5 of the playoffs. Next, at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Langford averaged 17.3 points over two seasons, winning his first Top Scorer Trophy in 2013-14 while making the All-EuroLeague First Team and leading the team to its only playoffs appearance this century. Langford moved to UNICS Kazan for two seasons and again earned the top scorer award based on 21.8 points per game in 2016-17. With Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in 2018-19, Langford registered his eighth season in eight as a double-digit scorer.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2013-14
  • Top Scorer 2013-14 (17.6), 2016-17 (21.8)
  • Led the EuroLeague in free throws scored 2013-14 (156), 2016-17 (168)

His 16.0-point average ranks Langford third for the decade. He was the first player ever to top 600 points in one season and finished with 2,289, ninth-best in the 2010s despite Langford playing at least 30 fewer games than the 17 other current 2,000-point scorers this decade. Langford's pull-up jumper will go down in the memories of fans as one of the surest shots in EuroLeague history.