Newest Spurs scout talks importance of the D-league

Most people will remember Trajan Langdon from his college days at Duke. Langdon was one of the greatest Blue Devils of all time, but his game didn’t really translate to the NBA. He played a couple of seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers but ended up leaving to go play basketball in Europe.

Playing in Europe proved to be a great decision for Langdon, who racked up a bunch of accomplishments overseas and had a very successful career. He retired in 2011 and he’s now a D-league scout for the Spurs. His extensive knowledge of the game has paved the way for him to have a great career after his playing days.

"This is my first season as a scout, and for me it's a way to stay connected with the game,” Langdon said. “I want to go the front office path rather than coaching or something else, I feel it can be a great path for me. This year has been a great way for me to check out the differences between a player's approach in the NBA, and the D-League, as I've spent time scouting both leagues. It's interesting to see how players react to each scenario.”

During his interview, Langdon brings up some interesting points about scouting the D-league. He says they’re not looking for the next NBA superstar, they’re just looking for the guys that play hard, play smart and have a well-rounded skill set that can be an asset to an NBA team, even if it’s just a role player off the bench.

"It's an area we (Spurs) have to cover, you basically have the NBA, Europe and college, but now the D-League fits right in there,” Langdon said. “There are always opportunities to find certain players who can be valuable assets to NBA organizations, playing in the D-League."

The D-league gets a reputation as a place where NBA players send their guys that aren’t quite ready for the big time, but there is a very solid talent pool. The Spurs are lucky to have a guy like Langdon watching out for anybody new that might help the team in the future.

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