Final Four club legend: Trajan Langdon, CSKA Moscow

Apr 29, 2016 by Print
Final Four club legend: Trajan Langdon, CSKA Moscow

The Alaskan Assassin certainly belongs in the conversation when it comes to the American players with the greatest careers in Europe. Langdon spent two-thirds of his nine seasons on the Old Continent with CSKA, where he arrived in 2006. In the fruitful seasons that followed, the Russian powerhouse reached the Final Four on five occasions and Langdon was a key factor in both of CSKA's Euroleague titles this century.

Langdon's heady defense made him a valuable asset for any team, but his ability to drain three-pointers struck fear in the hearts of opposing teams. Langdon is among the best three-point shooters in competition history, having retired with 339 triples made, which ranks seventh-best all-time. No player who ranks among the 20 best in three-pointers made can match his career 42.7% accuracy from long distance. Additionally, Langdon enters this year's Final Four as the outright leader with 13 three-point shots made in Euroleague championship games this century.

Three of those triples came in the 2006 final in Prague on his way to 11 points in a 73-69 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv. But Langdon's most memorable Final Four performance came two years later against the same opponent in the title game in Madrid. Langdon netted 21 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds in leading CSKA to a 91-77 win and the 2008 Euroleague crown, while earning himself Final Four MVP honors. He posted a performance index rating of 33 in that game, which is only 4 below the modern era Final Four record of 37, also set by Langdon in the third-place victory over Partizan Belgrade in 2010.

Langdon hung up his CSKA jersey in 2011, leaving the game with the fourth-best scoring average, 13 points per game, among players with at least 150 Euroleague games. His legacy includes appearances in five Euroleague title games – four with CSKA and one previously with Benetton Treviso – plus three All-Euroleague selections and a spot on the Euroleague All-Decade team in 2010.