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Call-Up #7: Keith Langford Joins the Spurs
by: Mike Schmidt - D-League, NCAA Scout
December 28, 2007
Guard Keith Langford has been called up to the San Antonio Spurs, making him the 7th call-up of the current D-League season. After playing last season in Lega Due (second division Italy), he started this season with the Austin Toros, averaging 29 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. With Brent Barry out for the next two weeks, Langford has a chance to see minutes with the Spurs immediately. To make room for him, point guard Darius Washington has been released.

The Spurs called up Marcus Williams from the Toros yesterday as well, but had originally wanted to sign Langford instead. Langford had been out the previous 10 days with an injury, and San Antonio needed somebody to step in and play right away, so they were forced to sign Williams. Spurs GM RC Buford went to watch Keith Langford play against Tulsa, though, his first game back, where they saw him shut down Dallas Mavericks assignee Maurice Ager. Langford held Ager to zero first half points, and he finished the game 3 of 10 from the field. He also impressed the Spurs with his play on the offensive end against the zone defense of Tulsa, as he played patiently and moved the ball around well against the zone.

Langford turned down many big offers from Europe, opting to stick with his dream of playing in the NBA over returning for another season in Europe. ALBA Berlin offered him $40,000 per month for his services this season, plus the $20,000 D-League buyout, and he also received a $250,000 offer to play the rest of the season with Panionios in Greece. He also had a mid-season offer to play in the Euroleague with Olimpija Ljubljana.

With the deadline for guaranteed contracts in the NBA looming, Langford will have two weeks to prove himself. The Spurs must decide before January 10th if it is worth their while to pay him for the rest of the season, or cut him and allow him to return to the D-League. Both Langford and Marcus Williams will likely see minutes in San Antonio’s shallow rotation to prove their worth on the court.

The Spurs own the Toros, and called up both of their D-League players from the team. They acquired the rights to Langford via allocation from the league office, because Langford is from Texas. He also was in training camp with them.

Darius Washington started the season strong for the Spurs, but now finds himself looking for a job. Point guards are in high demand over in Europe at the moment, so Washington will likely have to decide between another trip to play overseas or playing in the D-League and looking for another NBA callup.

Of all the NBA call-ups this season, each D-League player has a previous association with their team except for Jeremy Richardson. Langford participated in training camp with the Spurs before season, and Williams was drafted by the Spurs before his release at the conclusion of training camp.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to mike.schmidt@draftexpress.com .

 

Keith Langford
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 09/15/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: North Crowley
Previous Team: Milano , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
17.6 Pts, 3.8 Rebs, 2.9 Asts


Brent Barry
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthday: 12/31/1971
42 Years Old
Teams:
High School: De La Salle Catholic
Previous Team: Oregon State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 1995 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Darius Washington
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 12/07/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Edgewater
Previous Team: Memphis , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
23.7 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Marcus Williams
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 11/18/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Roosevelt
Previous Team: Shanxi , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #3 in 2007 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
28.9 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 3.7 Asts


Maurice Ager
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 02/09/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Crockett
Previous Team: Michigan State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #28 in 2006 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
3.8 Pts, 0.5 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Jeremy Richardson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 02/11/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Zachary
Previous Team: Delta State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
9.2 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


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