After an underwhelming season with Indiana University, star Romeo Langford announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft. Before the season, Romeo was looking like a top five pick but his stock has slid after some injury issues and a string of losses causing IU to miss March Madness this year. On a positive note, Langford has not lost any confidence even saying that he feels that he’s the “best player in the draft”.
There’s no doubt that Langford has a lot of upside and loads of potential. Though his jumpshot can use some work, he can score. That is known. He can drive and has a pretty solid one-on-one game which will only help him as he reaches the next level.
He actually might be the steal of the draft.
Because of his struggles mid-season, many have soured on him but honestly with his size and ability, he might be prove the doubters wrong, especially with a young, rebuilding team like Atlanta. The Hawks have two picks at number 8 and 10, if they choose correctly, they can land a core (along with Trae Young and John Collins) that could be a playoff team in a couple of years. Though some project them to pick Jarrett Culver and Bol Bol, which isn’t a bad idea by any means, I would still consider getting Romeo ahead of Bol Bol because he’s less of a project and can help the Hawks immediately in the scoring and rebounding categories as he averaged 5.4 a game. Good shooting guards are a dime a dozen, so filling that spot is a must.
Langford in a backcourt with Trae Young would be a perfect complement to each other as Langford could slash and guard the tougher assignment to free up Young for his shooting and playmaking. Langford is an underrated defender and is quick enough to stay in front of his oppoenent as he’s shown in his sole season with IU. The comforting thing about him as well is that his potential has shown through the cracks but he’s still a little raw, especially defensively. However with good player development coaches and some fine-tuning, Langford can be molded into a solid two way player.
Another team that should consider picking up Romeo is the Washington Wizards. Bradley Beal has been in trade rumors for a couple of years now, so if they plan on finally trading him, the best available replacement could very well be Langford. Washington can then see how a combination of former IU stars Thomas Bryant and himself might do together as a one-two punch of two way play. This might put Washington in a better position to decide where they should go once John Wall comes back from injury.
Middle of the road teams like Miami and Orlando could also use someone like Langford as they both need a game-changing prospect at the shooting guard position. The Magic don’t have any options that look like they’re keeping and Dion Waiters doesn’t seem to be looking like a long term option with the Heat. If Miami moves on with Justice Winslow looking like the long term option at the point guard position, a backcourt with himself and Romeo could be deadly. When you add Josh Richardson to the mix, that could be a great young core to build with.
He has shown that his finishing ability has superstar potential. He may not be on the level of guys like RJ Barrett scoring-wise but there’s no reason to think that he can’t reach that elite level with the right coaching staff and player development coaches around him, There’s a good chance that Langford doesn’t get picked in the top 5 so he might be the steal that every NBA executive craves. Though many have their doubts, understandably of course, Langford might be that player that a team has time to gamble with.
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