2019 NBA draft

First look at Celtics rookies in their Boston uniforms

First look at Celtics rookies in their Boston uniforms

Celtics fans got a good glimpse at the team's newest draft picks in July during the Las Vegas Summer League, where Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters led the Summer C's to a 4-1 record. Romeo Langford, the team's highest selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, sat out recovering his injured right thumb. 

While we all got a look at them on the court, they were wearing practice uniforms during Summer League. On Sunday during rookie photoshoots, they were all posing in the real Celtics uniform they'll wear in just a few months. 

You can also notice Williams and Edwards are wearing different numbers than they did in Las Vegas. Edwards changed from No. 29 to No. 4, most recently worn by Isaiah Thomas, and Williams went from No. 40 to No. 12, which was vacated at the start of free agency by Terry Rozier. 

We'll have to wait until October 6th to get a look at these promising young players on the court, where the Celtics will open preseason play against the Hornets. 

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Romeo Langford provides update on recovery from thumb injury

Romeo Langford provides update on recovery from thumb injury

Romeo Langford was the lone Boston Celtics 2019 draft pick that didn't see any action during the Las Vegas Summer League. Langford, the 14th overall pick in the draft, was still recovering from thumb surgery that had plagued him during his time at Indiana, so he wasn't able to get on the floor.

However, it appears that Langford is making good progress in his recovery from injury. According to Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com, Langford said that his injured thumb is "basically" back to normal though he isn't participating in any contact drills.

“I haven’t done any contact still, but I’m going against coaches and stuff like that,” Langford said per Westerholm. “But I haven’t gone live against defenders."

Of course, going against live defenders will be an important step for Langford. But, the Celtics shouldn't feel the need to rush him into that type of action. And given the depth that they have on the roster, they won't need to.

The only concern that might pop up regarding Langford's return will surround what role he might play with the team. After all, the Celtics are deep and a lot of their young players proved to be worthy of spots in the rotation during summer league play. Despite this, Langford isn't worrying about what his role will be and is just focusing on getting better ahead of his rookie season.

"I’ve talked to (Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens), but not really focusing on who’s role is which," Langford said per Westerholm. "It’s really just about getting better right now, learning the concepts and schemes and the offense (Stevens) likes to run, and just getting back to 100 percent is the main thing. ... I’m learning concepts and stuff like that, but I’m just really working out, working where the coaches see me, what position I’ll play, and working on different things out of that spot."

Langford will likely get some answers to where the coaches see him playing in the near future. It will be interesting to see how the first-round pick will factor into the Celtics' wing rotation once the NBA preseason begins.

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Romeo Langford on playing through injury at Indiana: 'I just wanted to be there for my team'

Romeo Langford on playing through injury at Indiana: 'I just wanted to be there for my team'

The Boston Celtics emphasized adding high-character, humble, team players during the 2019 NBA Draft and free agency. And it appears that their first overall selection, 14th pick Romeo Langford, checks off all those boxes as he demonstrated in a recent story.

Langford recently talked to Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com and discussed his decision to play through a thumb injury that he suffered early in his lone season at Indiana. Despite having the option to sit out the season to avoid hurting his draft stock, Langford did elect to continue on.

“The main thing is I just wanted to be there for my team,” Langford said, per Westerholm. “I didn’t want to let my team down. Wanted to be there for my brothers. I didn’t want them to think I was just sitting out. I knew I could play through it.”

Langford did end up selflessly playing through the injury, and he averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his freshman season. Though he only shot 27.2 percent from behind the arc, which was partially related to the thumb injury, he still did enough to earn his status as a lottery pick with the Celtics. And since joining the team, he has been working hard to improve his shot with a unique approach.

The thumb injury will likely keep Langford off the court during the Celtics' summer league contests, but it's still possible that he could emerge as a key reserve on the wing during his rookie year.

Either way, Langford's tough and team-oriented attitude will help to endear him to Boston fans early on in his career. He should be able to help change the team's locker room chemistry which became a big issue for the squad last year.

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