Langdon 10th all-time in scoring (Basketball)

November 20, 2009
Trajan Langdon

Trajan Langdon achieved another major milestone recently when the former East High star climbed into No. 10 on the Euroleague’s all-time scoring list.

Langdon, a 6-foot-3 first-team all-league guard with CSKA Moscow, has netted 4,818 points over eight seasons. He moved into the top 10 after scoring 19 points in leading the Russian champions to a 79-69 victory over Union Olimpija of Slovenia.

“Honestly I had no idea about entering the top ten before you told me,” Langdon said. “It is a nice accomplishment but I don’t pay attention to those things as I am just trying to play my best and help my team win games and in doing that I have reached this level I guess.”

Humble as always, Langdon downplayed his awesome accomplishment. But there’s no denying that he’s always been able to score.

Even as a skinny 13-year-old, we all knew this kid was destined for hoops heaven.

He pumped in 2,200 career points as a prep All-American (a state record at the time) and poured in 1,974 career points as a NCAA All-American at Duke University (No. 12th all-time).

Add together what he’s done at the high school, college and professional ranks–including the 647 points he scored in the NBA during his three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers–and Langdon is closing in on 10,000.

In between jumpers, Langdon talked to me about making Euroleague history.

Question: Does this justify anything in terms of validating your career choice of going to Europe?
Answer: Doesn’t really validate anything. I have known for a while that I made the right choice and am very secure with it.

Q: Is this your greatest individual accomplishment?
A:It is a great individual accomplishment but I think being MVP of Final Four and twice being named first team All-Euroleague are my best.

Q: How stoked are you that things have worked out in Europe as well as they have?
A: I have had an amazing career if I look at what myself and my teams have been able to accomplish here in Europe. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to play for the organizations, coaches and with the great players over the past eight seasons.

Q: Do you think you’re more popular in Alaska for what you did in Europe or at East High?
A: I think I will always be thought of what I was able to accomplish in Alaska by Alaskans. I think that is how it should be; it is where it all started for me. Without my family and their support, my father’s dedication and my high school/AAU coaches and the support of Alaskans it would be difficult to see me being as successful as I have been.

Q: How does a shooter change his game over the years?
A: A shooter has to develop other ways to score. Once known as a great shooter, other teams will try to take that away. I think over my career I have been able to develop my midrange game and that has helped me to continue to be able to score even if teams try to take away my 3-point shot. Also as teams focus more you have to be patient and stay ready as the game goes.

Q: Are you the only American in the top 10? If not, who are the others?
A: Actually the all-time Euroleague leading scorer, Marcus Brown, is American and I think my teammate JR Holden is top five on that list as well.

Q: Given your success and tireless work ethic, have you changed how Europeans look at American players?
A: I think Americans are viewed on a case to case basis over here. Teams do their research on players—they don’t just sign players to sign them. They usually know what they are getting in a player and it is just their decision on whether they choose to sign him or not. So honestly I don’t think my success has made a difference in terms of how American players are viewed as a whole.

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