Trajan Langdon

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Trajan Langdon
Trajan Langdon at all-star PBL game 2011 (1).JPG
No. 21
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1976-05-13) May 13, 1976 (age 38)
Palo Alto, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3.75 in (1.92 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school East Anchorage
(Anchorage, Alaska)
College Duke (1994–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 1999–2011
Career history
1999–2002 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 a retired American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 3 34 in (1.92 m)[1][2] 210 lb. (95 kg)[3] shooting guard, he gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke University with the Duke Blue Devils.

Biography[edit]

Trajan is the son of Dr. Steve Langdon, a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage.[4] Trajan has traveled with his father on many anthropological trips within southeastern Alaska. His father studied the Tlingit of Alaska.

Amateur career[edit]

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.[5]

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".[6] 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.

Professional career[edit]

Langdon was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft,[5] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

In June 2011 he announced his retirement from basketball. He made his announcement two days after helping CSKA to its ninth consecutive Russian League crown.[10][11]

After his playing days ended, Langdon became a scout for the San Antonio Spurs.

United States national team[edit]

After graduating from Duke with degrees in mathematics and history, Langdon played for the USA national basketball team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Langdon's team won the Euroleague
Led the league

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 Benetton 21 19 28.6 .540 .511 .759 2.7 1.7 1.6 .1 14.8 13.4
2003–04 Efes Pilsen 20 19 33.1 .461 .391 .864 3.0 1.6 1.5 .2 14.3 13.0
2005–06 CSKA 24 24 31.8 .453 .390 .860 3.1 1.5 1.3 .2 12.8 11.6
2006–07 CSKA 25 25 29.5 .475 .420 .925 4.0 1.0 1.6 .2 13.5 14.6
2007–08 CSKA 25 25 29.1 .512 .458 .884 3.3 .9 1.2 .1 12.6 13.0
2008–09 CSKA 21 21 28.8 .494 .432 .878 2.7 1.3 1.0 .0 10.6 11.2
2009–10 CSKA 21 21 32.2 .505 .470 .913 3.0 1.1 1.4 .0 15.0 15.6
2010–11 CSKA 10 9 27.5 .397 .229 .708 2.2 .5 .2 .0 8.3 4.5
Career 167 164 30.2 .486 .427 .868 3.1 1.3 1.3 .1 13.0 12.7

NBA[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Cleveland 10 0 14.5 .375 .421 1.000 1.5 1.1 .5 .0 4.9
2000–01 Cleveland 65 5 17.2 .431 .411 .895 1.4 1.2 .6 .1 6.0
2001–02 Cleveland 44 0 10.8 .398 .365 .913 1.3 1.4 .3 .1 4.8
Career 119 5 14.6 .416 .396 .910 1.3 1.3 .5 .1 5.4

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