Langford, Boutsiele headline Regular Season stats leaders
MIES (Switzerland) - Keith Langford of AEK and Jerry Boutsiele of Limoges CSP were the leading scorer and the leading rebounder, respectively, of the 2020-21 Basketball Champions League Regular Season that came to a close this week.
Langford averaged 21.5 points per game (over six games) on 56 percent shooting from the floor and 71 percent free-throw shooting, and it's difficult to overstate just how admirable his consistency is.
The veteran shooting guard, who turned 37 years old last September, actually did even better this year than in the 2019-20 Regular Season, when he averaged 19 points per game (he played in 12 of the 14 games of that stage).
Q. J. Peterson of Bakken Bears finished right on the heels of the evergreen Langford as he averaged 21.3 points per game, scoring literally one points less (128 compared to 129) than the AEK star over six games, albeit at 43.6 percent shooting from the floor.
Bakken of course didn't qualify to the Play-Offs so this is the end of the road in this campaign for the Danish team's point guard, but Bonzie Colson of SIG Strasbourg who averaged 20.2 points per game in the Regular Season will get the chance to pursuit Langford for the title of the 2020-21 leading scorer.
Meanwhile Happy Casa Brindisi star D'Angelo Harrison who was the league's leading scorer heading into the final week of the Regular Season with 22.2 points per game, dropped to sixth place on 19.3 points per game, as he suffered an injury and only scored 5 points in his team's final game, against Hereda San Pablo Burgos.
Limoges might be out of the competition after the first stage but the French team's big man Jerry Boutsiele was the clear winner as the leader in rebounds in the 2020-21 Regular Season, as he averaged 9.3 boards per game in what was his maiden BCL season.
The next three players on the leading rebounders list were very close together and only a couple of rebounds over the six games separated them, as Michale Kyser of VEF Riga - the only player to feature in the top 3 of two different stats categories, as we will see below - averaged 8.5 boards per contest, Andre Williamson of Keravnos averaged 8.3 and Miro Bilan of Dinamo Sassari averaged 8.2 per game.
Sassari's Croatian big man is the only player on this list to have also competed in the 2019-20 BCL and his improvement is striking, as last year he had averaged 5.3 rebounds per game. His scoring averages also rose, to 16.7 points per game from 11.2 points per game.
No less than four players De'Shawn Stephens of Bakken Bears, Ondrej Balvín of RETAbet Bilbao, Sam Dekker of Turk Telekom and Yannis Morin of SIG Strasbourg are tied in fifth place, averaging 7.7 rebounds per game each.
Speedy Smith played only in three games with Limoges but they were more than sufficient for the 28-year-old American guard to showcase his dazzling passing skills as he averaged 10 assists per game.
Smith leapfrogged Omar Cook of Hereda San Pablo Burgos for first place on the list of the leading players in assists, as the veteran poitn guard was at the top up until the final day of the Regular Season and averaged 7.8 assists per game.
Nick Johnson of Turk Telekom was in third place with 7.3 assists per game and Marco Spissu was right behind him with 7.2 assists per contest, while Tamir Blatt literally edged out Marcelinho Huertas and Kyan Anderson for fifth place, averaging 6.5 assists per clash.
T. J. Bray, who joined Casademont Zaragoza after the first two games of the season proved to be the best pickpocket as he led all players in steals with 2.3 per game.
The Zaragoza point guard was just ahead of five players - David Holston of JDA Dijon, Jaylon Brown of Bilbao, Bruno Fitipaldo of Iberostar Tenerife, Chris Kramer of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and Evgenii Baburin of Nizhny Novgorod, who all averaged 2.2 steals per game.
There was a similar picture on the leading blockers list, as Michale Kyser of VEF Riga led all players with 1.8 blocks per game, but behind him there were three players tied in second place - Stephen Zimmerman of ERA Nymburk, Chase Fieler of Brose Bamberg and Tryggvi Hlinason of Zaragoza - with 1.5 blocked shots per game, and no less than six players tied in fifth spot with 1.3 blocks per contest.