With the twenty-second pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select…
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With the back end of the draft coming up as we enter the last third of the first round, the Boston Celtics are yet again on the clock, and I have the privilege of bringing you the next four selections (thanks, Chris Deibler). The Celtics, having taken forward Brandon Clarke at 14 and guard Horton Tucker at 20, are stuck in a position where they would be hurting themselves by not taking talent over need here. Being loaded in the backcourt is something the Brad Stevens’ Celtics teams have always been good at, and that will continue here. With the 22nd pick in the 2019 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics select: Romeo Langford, guard from Indiana
Why Romeo Langford makes sense for Boston:
In this case, it is more of why they need to take him as to why they should take him. Despite having already drafted a guard two picks before and a solid bench of guards, even with Terry Rozier’s obvious departure, Langford is just too talented to let him fall any further. This is especially true since with this late of a pick, it is not that much of a risk. Langford is 6’6” and averaged nearly 19.5 points per game alongside 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Indiana Hoosiers in 2019. Not to mention, he did that with a torn ligament in his shooting hand that occurred not far into the season. This clearly became one of the main issues for many of his struggles. Where his potential lies is he can be a great scorer and wing if he lives up to the hype, despite having shot 44% this past season.
Romeo Langford Highlights from the W ? pic.twitter.com/o2AXysUztu— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) February 27, 2019
When healthy, Langford also showed flashes of potential in his ability to drive with decent ball handling skills, but he has cooled down a bit since his initial debut this season after entering as a 5-Star recruit.
Current State of the Boston Celtics:
Bye, Mr. Irving. Boston is currently in disarray. Kyrie Irving went from surefire return and future leader to an almost guaranteed to be headed either west to Los Angeles, either the Lakers or Clippers, or one of the New York franchises, Knicks or Nets. This hurts Boston a lot as he was the centerpiece of their franchise and future, and no team wants to see that happen to them. But, Terry Rozier also seems to be on his way out, so there will a new starting point guard for Boston in the upcoming season.
Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving playing some 1 on 1 during the Team LeBron / All Star practice ?… Knicks fans going crazy pic.twitter.com/Sz9HA4Eeo6— kingtisemedia (@kingtisemedia) February 16, 2019
Boston does not have much cap space either. With the max contracts of Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, they can’t bring a star to Boston through free agency. They have been in talks regarding the Anthony Davis saga, but I don’t believe they are serious contenders to land the power forward. Their team now moves back a few years as it looks like their new centerpieces are Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown at shooting guard and small forward for the next several years. Boston is no longer the incredibly scary threat they once were just a few short years ago.
Romeo Langford Rookie Predictions:
Most likely, Langford will be a bench player for Boston, but if he performs well, he could see his minutes increase. However, barring any injuries, I heavily doubt he will crack into the starting lineup. Romeo still has a lot of growing to do as a player, but the talent is there. It is just a question of if he gets to his full potential. If that is the case, Boston will have another good young guard in their system who will hopefully bolster the team’s depth and be a key piece for their future. If there is any coach in the Eastern Conference who can help with his development, it’s Brad Stevens.
7.8 points per game
3.2 rebounds per game
3.1 assists per game