Long gone are the days when playing in Europe was considered an underachievement caused by the lack of talent, and nowadays we can see a lot of American basketball players in the Euroleague due to many reasons. To be honest, everyone agrees that NBA is the best league in the world by far, and the overall quality of this competition is certainly impressive. However, the top European league is also providing millions of fans with entertainment and a lot of exciting moments. American players usually play vital and prominent roles in their teams, and this comes from a wide range of reasons, athleticism being the number one element. However, shooting skills and intelligence are equally important, and Keith Langford is the perfect example of a successful career in the Euroleague. There are many other players like Keith Langford, but for this ocassion, we picked Keith.
– Important Facts About Keith Langford
People who only watch NBA may not be familiar with this basketball player, but the name Keith Langford certainly resonates in the European basketball circles. Born on September 13th, 1983, this shooting guard attended Kansas University, where he made the first significant steps to his subsequent professional career. His beginnings were not so good and not many people predicted him a good and prosperous career. His first two seasons in San Antonio Spurs failed to produce any breakthrough in his game time, and he was left disappointed with not being given a chance to show what he can do. He thought it was a mistake that he started his basketball career.
However, Euroleague’s top clubs did not fail to recognize Langford’s abilities, and they wanted to hire his services. Like all US players, he double checked the club which scouted him and decided to go eventually. He crossed the Atlantic in the season 2008/09, and as they say – the rest is history. Langford played for various clubs in Europe, and some of them are Virtus Bologna, Khimki, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Emporio Armani, and UNICS Kazan.
– Season 2016/17
When it comes to the current season, Langford is one of the highest paid players in the league, and this puts a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. But, it seems that he is up to the challenge, and he started the season in style. Wearing his favorite number 5 and playing for UNICS, Langford is averaging 23 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. This is, overall, a decent record for Euro League
He played 99 Euroleague games in his career so far, and he won the Euroleague Final Four MVP award in 2009. Also, he was voted to the All-Euroleague First Team in 2014 and that same year he won the award for the top scorer of the competition. In this season, Keith Langford played all nine games for his club, and he is currently the leading scorer since he escorted CSKA Moscow off the court with 36 points, and he also delivered 28 against Fenerbahce Istanbul