So now that we've seen him for about 5 games what is our take on Langford.
Was the scouting profile right? What would you add or change on his scouting profile after seeing him in NBA game action
Here's a highlight package of him from trash Piston and Hornets team but still nice to have them in one video:
and here's one of his scouting profile
Shot creation (fantastic finisher at the rim)
Off ball value (goes to sleep off ball and isn't even ready to catch it just standing there zoning out on offense when it's not hero ball time)
Shooting consistency (27% from 3 among this, his form will need to be rebuilt)
Decision Maker (hero ball, never passes, complete tunnel vision, ball stopper, relaxed with the ball leading to many turnovers)
Relaxed Defender (in general had horrible body language and a bad motor that consistently disappointed scouts about his desire. Without toughness players regularly just went through him straight to the basket with no resistance. Lazily ball watches and leaves his man wide open. Dies on screens. Endless bad habits. Makes the opposite of "winning plays" often.)
So to me it sounded like the big concern for Langford was everything between his ears. He's the anti Jaylen Brown in this regard.
I can see why Stevens started him down in the G league and why he didn't win people over after his injuries and was out paced by Green, Edwards, Waters, ect.
But he's getting minutes now, and the Celtics are far from desperate to where they would give minutes to someone that is not earning them.
He's only hit a 2 3s and is shooting 28% from there right now...which is nearly identical to his college days.
I'm also not good enough to know how he's doing defensively but Stevens wouldn't play him if he wasn't producing there. I've been SHOCKED at how well he's been hitting the floater. At 6'4" with not huge jumps that is terrific and will validate his ability to drive to the rim. If Tatum had that floater in his game he'd be dramatically better than he is right now so it's no small feat and a huge weapon for Langford on drives.
I like that it seems as if Stevens is playing Langford in the same role he played a rookie Jaylen Brown in. To be fair Brown was Steven's first sub off his bench in his first game as a rookie... so obviously Brown impressed Stevens RIGHT AWAY as a rookie and Langford hasn't (injury aside) but forcing him to think as an off ball role player is good. Tatum has his best season as a rookie playing that exact same role and had many of the same weaknesses that Langford's profile has.