2019 first-round draft pick Romeo Langford has apparently decided to use his 2021 Summer League time to posterize a hapless Nugget.
In what finished as a 25-point victory for the Celtics by way of a 107-82 final, Langford took flight in the second quarter and against the Nuggets’ Davon Reed and slammed home a one-handed jam over the Summer League “veteran.”
It was the bright spot of what was an otherwise quiet night for the 21-year-old Langford, who finished with eight points, a rebound and an assist, along with a plus-17 (fifth-best among all Celtics) by the night’s end.
But it’s a highlight (boy is it ever) all the same.
And comes on the heels of the Celtics believing that they’ve fixed Langford’s shooting woes. with Langford entering the 2021 Summer League as a career 35.3 percent (22.2 percent from three-point range) shooter over a 50-game NBA run largely derailed by injuries that have plagued him since before the C’s even called his name.
“A lot of what goes into shooting is more mindset than technical,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said (via Boston.com’s Tom Westerholm) when talking about Langford’s shot form. “I think we fixed the majority of the technical things, and now it’s a matter of how many game shots and game reps is he going to get. Where’s his mindset in those adjustments and his ability to shoot. The last piece of that is, ‘Does he think he can make shots?’ And I think that’s half the battle.”
The Celtics’ hope has to be that Langford is what he was when we saw him last, as Langford was exceptional in the team’s season-ending Game 5 loss to the Nets back in June, with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting in over 37 minutes of play for a depleted Boston squad.
The No. 14 pick from 2019, Langford has totaled 135 points (49-for-139 shooting), 76 rebounds, 26 assists, and 14 steals in 652 total NBA minutes.
The 6-foot-4 guard is also averaging 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists — while shooting 46.2 percent from the field — through his first two games of the Summer League slate.
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