Keith Langford secures round five EuroLeague MVP

He is the hottest player in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague right now and after his big game on Wednesday in Istanbul, Keith Langford of Unics Kazan is also the MVP for Round 5 of the regular season.

Langford led his team to a stunning 73-81 upset of last season’s runner-up, Fenerbahce Istanbul, with 28 points, 10 rebounds and a performance index rating of 36, which was the most of any player on a winning team in Round 5.

The league’s top scorer, Langford also dished 4 assists and took a beating as he drew 10 fouls in ending Fenerbahce’s 23-game home-court winning streak. Zalgiris Kaunas big man Paulius Jankunas matched Langford’s 36 index rating, but his team fell 80-83 at home to Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul. Jankunas scored 21 points in 7-of-9 shooting, plus 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also posted 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Langford had competition for the week’s best performance from teammate Art Parakhouski, who amassed a 33 index with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Rakim Sanders of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan set a few career highs in his return to Bamberg, with which he made his EuroLeague debut three years ago, but it wasn’t enough as his team fell 106-102. Nonetheless, Sanders racked up the fourth-highest index rating of the week with 31. He scored 25 points with 3-of-4 three-point shooting and added 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Rounding out the top performances of the week was Tyler Honeycutt of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, who erupted for 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in a double-overtime 91-83 victory over Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens. Honeycutt finished with a performance index rating of 28.