In January, Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow authored another amazing month in what is becoming one of the finest careers of any player in the history of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.
With De Colo setting the pace, CSKA extended its lead atop the regular season standings to two victories while winning four games in a row and showing off its league-leading offence by breaking the 100-point barrier twice.
As the go-to player for CSKA throughout that surge, De Colo is Euroleague Basketball’s choice as the MVP for January. The fabulous Frenchman averaged 18.4 points on 11 of 18 three-point shooting (61.1%) and was perfect on 25 free throw attempts in January. He added 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals for an average performance index rating of 22.8, the highest among EuroLeague players during the month.
De Colo, a former EuroLeague MVP, Final Four MVP and three-time All-EuroLeague selection, joins the select company with the third MVP of the Month award of his career. Only Juan Carlos Navarro, Vassilis Spanoulis and Ante Tomic can match that number.
Consistency has been a hallmark of De Colo’s EuroLeague career and he showed why in January, scoring in double figures and delivering at least 3 assists per game while making 2 or more three-pointers in four of the five contests. At month’s end, he ranks third in scoring this season at 16.8 points per game; he is second in three-point accuracy at 51.7%, and he leads the league in free throw shooting at 96.3%.
De Colo’s career scoring average (16.3 ppg.) now ranks eighth all-time in the EuroLeague and only one player ahead of him, Keith Langford, has more points. De Colo’s total of 1,988 points is 25th all-time and, at his current pace, he will crack the top 20 before the end of the regular season.
He is 12th all-time with 526 free throws made and first overall in accuracy from the foul line at 93.76%. De Colo will receive his January MVP award at an upcoming CSKA Moscow home game.