Langdon with CSKA Moscow in March 2011.
May 13, 1976 |
Palo Alto, California
|Listed height||6 ft 3.75 in (1.92 m)|
|Listed weight||211 lb (96 kg)|
|High school||East Anchorage
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2002–2003||Benetton Treviso (Italy)|
|2003–2004||Efes Pilsen (Turkey)|
|2004–2005||Dynamo Moscow (Russia)|
|2005–2011||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Trajan Shaka Langdon (born May 13, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6 ft 3 3⁄4 in (1.92 m) 210 lb. (95 kg) shooting guard, he first gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke University.
Trajan is the son of Dr. Steve Langdon, a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Trajan has traveled with his father on many anthropological trips within southeastern Alaska. His father studied the Tlingit of Alaska.
Born in Palo Alto, California, Langdon moved to Anchorage, Alaska soon after. During his high school career, Langdon attended Steller Secondary School and played for East Anchorage High School. He set the Alaska 4A Record of 2,200 career points and was a 3-Time Alaskan Player of the Year.
He led East Anchorage to the 1994 Alaskan State Championship and he played in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game, where he won the 3-point shooting contest. He was also the recipient of the Dial Award, given to the nation's top male and female student-athlete. Langdon's win marked the second consecutive year a basketball player was so honored, as Jacque Vaughn had won the previous year.
After high school, Langdon moved on to play for the highly regarded Duke University basketball team, where he set the school record for most career 3-point field goals made (which was later broken by J. J. Redick in 2006) earning him the nickname "The Alaskan Assassin". After his Freshman year at Duke he twice appeared on the popular Anchorage, AK TV sports talk show, Sports Talk Alaska. Langdon was the only guest to ever appear on the show twice.
In the 1999 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game, with Duke down 1 point to the UConn Huskies, with 5.4 seconds to go Langdon attempted to drive the ball into the lane and committed a traveling violation that turned the ball over to UConn. Analysts, as well as Langdon himself, credited the defense of Ricky Moore, who was considered the top defensive player in the tournament, for forcing the travel. A few also questioned why he had attempted to play Moore one-on-one, and had not instead passed the ball to guard William Avery. When Khalid El-Amin subsequently made two foul shots Langdon received the in-bounds pass and attempted to take a 3 point shot to tie the game, but tripped and lost control of the ball as time expired.
Langdon was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft, and was also drafted by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1999 NBA Draft. Langdon made his professional debut with the Cavaliers on November 2, 1999, when he became the first Alaskan to play in the NBA. Following a three-year career with the Cavaliers, Langdon moved to Europe to play for the Italian League club Benetton Treviso for the 2002-03 season.
The following season, he moved to the Turkish League powerhouse Efes Pilsen. For the 2004-05 season, he moved on to the Russian League club Dynamo Moscow, before moving across town to CSKA Moscow for the 2005-06 season. Langdon was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team for the Euroleague 2005-06 season. CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague Championship that same season.
The following season, he helped CSKA Moscow return to the Euroleague championship game, where they lost to Greek power Panathinaikos on the Greek team's home court. In the process, he was named to the All-Euroleague First Team for the Euroleague 2006-07 season, a feat that he repeated in the Euroleague 2007-08 season. On May 4, 2008, he was named the Euroleague Final Four MVP, after again winning the Euroleague title with CSKA Moscow.
On October 7, 2006, Langdon led his CSKA Moscow team to a 94-75 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in an exhibition game. Coincidentally, he played against his former Duke University teammate Elton Brand, who was playing for the Clippers at that time. He led all scorers in the game with 17 points.
After his playing days ended, Langdon became a scout for the San Antonio Spurs.
United States national team
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Langdon's team won the Euroleague|
|Led the league|
- CSKA Moscow official website player profile. 6 ft 3 3⁄4 in (1.92 m)
- Euroleague.net official player profile. 6 ft 3 3⁄4 in (1.92 m)
- Italian League profile.
- Lieber, Jill (March 26, 1999). "Following his father's vision, Alaska's Trajan Langdon made it to Duke by . . .". USA Today. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- EUROBASKET - Euroleague Men basketball.
- Trajan Langdon.
- "UConn Had 'Moore' Than Enough Talent To Beat Duke". The Salina Journal. 30 March 1999. p. 27. Retrieved August 26, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.
- The Euroleague determines the site for each year's Final Four shortly before the previous year's Final Four, before it can possibly be known who will advance. The 2008 event was held in Madrid.
- Euroleague feature: King of the Final Four on YouTube
- ESPN - Langdon leads CSKA Moscow past Clippers - NBA.
- CSKA icon Langdon announces retirement
- "Trajan Langdon retires from basketball". Inside Hoops. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- 1998 USA Basketball.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Trajan Langdon.|
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Trajan Langdon at euroleague.net
- Trajan Langdon at pbleague.ru
- Trajan Langdon at tblstat.net