Romeo Langford: Intelligence
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
Langford understands how to attack a defense and how his drives will create openings for his teammates. This manifests itself when he is able to draw a help defender one pass away and find his open teammate. When he has the ball on the move and the right read is not obvious, Langford’s offensive awareness is not as clear. He is prone to forcing up contested layups or dribbling into traps if hitting the open man would require an advanced pass.
Langford is prone to defensive lapses off-ball, as described earlier. He has trouble keeping track of two threats at once and does not respond well to unfamiliar scenarios. As a result he can look like he is doing well when he is sticking to a script and doing what is asked of him, but can be exposed when his defensive tasks go beyond the script.
Langford’s decision making on offense is pretty good considering his age, as he is a reliable bet to put it on the floor and find the big man if the defense helps off on the drive. Even so he is definitely a scorer first and a distributor second, and will sometimes chase a sliver of space for a layup attempt instead of making the easy play. His defensive decision-making has been covered ad-nauseam so far. He will need to be quicker to react on that end.
Langford will be able to snuff out the occasional passing lane for a fast break score, but amidst these bright spots are several areas of concern. He is for the most part a reactive defender, content letting the action happen to him rather than trying to disrupt things from even happening in the first place. Mostly a read and react player on offense, not going to map out potential passes before he makes his first dribble move.
Anticipation (A to C)
Langford is good at putting the ball on the floor as soon as he senses a weak spot in the defense. He does not dawdle too much on which initial move to make. He will usually either move the ball or attack right away. If he has an open lane or an open teammate in his line of vision, he will also do a good job quickly getting the ball where it needs to go. His decisiveness suffers when the defense shuts off the obvious pass and the driving lane. For this reason he is forced into many tough floaters and sometimes freezes up with the ball resulting in the offense stalling out as he is trapped. This also manifests itself on the defensive end. When faced with uncertainty he will freeze up as an off-ball defender as well.