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Trajan Langdon
Nickname The Alaskan Assassin
Position Shooting Guard
Height 6 ft 3.75 in (1.92 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League Russian League
Euroleague
Team CSKA Moscow
Number #21
Born May 13, 1976 (1976-05-13) (age 33)
Palo Alto, California
Nationality American
High school East Anchorage
College Duke
Draft 11th overall, 1999
Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Cleveland Cavaliers (1999–02)
Benetton Treviso (Italy) (2002–03)
Efes Pilsen (Turkey) (2003–04)
Dynamo Moscow (Russia) (2004–05)
Awards All-Euroleague Second Team 2006
All-Euroleague First Team 2007, 2008
Euroleague Final Four MVP 2008

Trajan Shaka Langdon (born May 13, 1976 in Palo Alto, California) is an American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 3¾ in (1.92 m)[1][2] shooting guard, he gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke University. He currently plays in Russia with CSKA Moscow, the reigning Russian League champions.

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Biography

Trajan is the son of Dr. Steven Langdon, professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.[3] Trajan has traveled with his father on many anthropological trips within southeastern Alaska. His father studied the Tlingit of Alaska.

Amateur career

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 Alaska Player of the Year. He led East Anchorage to the 1994 Alaska state championship and 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.[4] After high school, Langdon moved on to play for the highly regarded Duke University basketball team, where he set the record for most career 3-point field goals made earning him the nickname "The Alaskan Assassin" (which was broken by J.J Redick in 2006).[5]

Professional career

Langdon was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft,[4] 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, he became the first Alaskan to play in the NBA.

Following a three-year stint with the Cavaliers, Langdon moved to Europe to play for the Italian League power Benetton Treviso for 2002-03. The following season, he moved to the Turkish League powerhouse Efes Pilsen. In 2004-05, he moved on to the big Russian League club Dynamo Moscow, before moving across town to CSKA Moscow in 2005-06. Langdon was named to the All-Euroleague second team for the Euroleague 2005-06 season, the year CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague Championship. 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.[6] In the process he was named to the All-Euroleague first team for the Euroleague 2006-07, a feat he repeated in the Euroleague 2007-08 season. On May 4, 2008, he was named the Euroleague Final Four MVP after winning the Euroleague title with CSKA Moscow.[7]

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 with 17 points.[8]

Team USA

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
FIBA World Championship
Bronze 1998 Greece National Team

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.[9]

NBA career statistics

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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

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

References

  1. ^ CSKA Moscow official website player profile 6 ft 3¾ in (1.92 m)
  2. ^ Euroleague.net official player profile 6 ft 3¾ in (1.92 m)
  3. ^ technology.uaa.alaska.edu/telephone/upload/2009-Phone-Directory.pdf
  4. ^ a b EUROBASKET - Euroleague Men basketball
  5. ^ Trajan Langdon
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Euroleague feature: King of the Final Four at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash)
  8. ^ ESPN - Langdon leads CSKA Moscow past Clippers - NBA
  9. ^ 1998 USA Basketball

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