The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...
2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Romeo Langford
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2018/19 stats: 16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.8 bpg, 44.8 FG% (5.5/12.3), 27.2 3PT% (1.1/3.9), 72.2 FT%
Player comparison: Austin Rivers, Justin Holiday
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 18th, NBADraft.net 17th, Bleacher Report 13th, Sports Illustrated 15th, Ringer 13th
5 things to know:
*Langford is a smooth, scoring wing who came to the Hoosiers as a decorated in-state recruit. He scored 16.5 points per game as a freshman with a 54.2 true shooting percentage. He was most effective in college at attacking the rim and finishing with runners or layups in traffic.
*Though he is known for his scoring, Langford lacks a consistent outside shot. He made only 27.2 percent of his threes in college despite the confidence to attempt nearly four per game. Some evaluators believe he will need to adjust his mechanics at the next level.
*In addition to scoring, rebounding is a strength for Langford. He pulled in 5.4 per game, which is impressive for a 6-foot-6 wing. Langford is an aggressive rebounder for his position and has the speed and ball-handling skills to get his team going into transition.
*Other concerns with Langford include his effectiveness off the ball and his defense. Without a consistent shot, teams can play off of him. He will need to improve his range to succeed at the NBA level. And defensively, like many players his age, he has a lot to learn. The fact he has a plus-wingspan, though, suggests some upside.
*Langford is set to be the first player in NBA history named Romeo.
Fit with Wizards: Langford isn't a great fit with the Wizards and especially at ninth overall. If they traded back in the first round, then perhaps that could change.
But there are several things that make Langford a question mark for the Wizards. One is that he plays shooting guard and, as long as Bradley Beal is part of the organization, minutes could be hard to come by.
Also, Langford doesn't appear to present the athletic upside that other prospects would. And he is more of an offensive player when defense is the Wizards' biggest need.
Now, the counter to those points is the Wizards need depth behind Beal. He played more minutes than any other player this past season and that is not sustainable. And Langford could untap a lot of potential if he can develop as a shooter. Also, offense or defense, the Wizards need to add the best players they can find.
But given the options likely available at No. 9, the Wizards can probably get someone who is a better fit for what they need both in the short- and long-term.
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