Trajan Langdon

Trajan Shaka Langdon (born May 13, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6 ft 4 in  (95 kg) shooting guard, he first gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke University.

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.

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.

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

On March 8, 2016, he was named assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Nets.


Career highlights and awards
2x Euroleague champion (2006, 2008)
Euroleague Final Four MVP 2008
2x All-Euroleague First Team (2007–2008)
All-Euroleague Second Team (2006)
Euroleague 2001-10 All-Decade Team
Consensus second-team All-American (1999)
Second-team All-American – SN (1998)
Third-team All-American – AP, USBWA, NABC (1998)
3x First-team All-ACC (1997–1999)
Career NBA statistics
Points 647 (5.4 ppg)
Rebounds 159 (1.3 rpg)
Assists 152 (1.3 apg)

Representing United States
FIBA World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Greece National team
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 1994 Santa Rosa National team