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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Romeo Langford

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Romeo Langford

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

School: Indiana
Position: Forward
Age: 19
Height: 6-6
Weight: 215
Wingspan: 6-11
Max vertical: N/A

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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Local teams, stars congratulate Elena Delle Donne on historic second WNBA MVP award

Local teams, stars congratulate Elena Delle Donne on historic second WNBA MVP award

Elena Delle Donne is, once again, the Most Valuable Player in the WNBA.

She's the first player in WNBA history to earn the honor with two different teams.

"I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington," Delle Donne said in a release.

After the announcement of Delle Donne's historic achievement, her teammates and the greater D.C. sports community showered her with praise all over social media.

Delle Donne and the Mystics will take on the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

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Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA MVP for the second time following historic season

Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA MVP for the second time following historic season

Elena Delle Donne has done it again.

For the second time in her career, the Washington Mystics' star has been named the WNBA MVP, Monumental Sports announced Thursday.

Delle Donne is the first WNBA player to earn the prestigious award with two teams, her 2015 honor while with the Chicago Sky.

“I would like to thank my teammates and coaches and our wonderful fans--I have the greatest teammates in the world, our coaches have put us in a position to succeed by forming this awesome unit and the energy of our fans has given us the best home-court atmosphere in the league,” Delle Donne said in the statement.

“Everyone has had a part in this, especially my wife and family, and it took a lot of hard work and focus from all of us together to get to this point.  I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington.”

During her 2019 season with the Mystics, Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, securing her spot on the All-Star team for the sixth time. Her most unbelievable feat, however, was becoming the first WNBA player to join the prestigious 50/40/90 club.

Delle Donne earned 51.5 percent from the field, 43.03 percent from beyond the arc and an incredible 97.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Mark Nowitzki and Malcolm Brogdon are the only players in the history of the NBA to accomplish that feat.

The Mystics look for another win Thursday night en route to a Championship against the Las Vegas Aces for Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals at 8:30 p.m.

You can watch the game on ESPN 2.

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