Romeo Langford: On-Ball Offense
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Langford is not going to routinely take NBA defenders off the bounce from a standstill but is solid in this area. He has the requisite handle to navigate a simple pick-and-roll or attack off-the-dribble in advantage situations. Once he gets downhill he has a reliable in-and-out dribble and quick crossover to stymie a defender already on his heels. He is not perfect at this—he occasionally picks up his dribble when doubled on drives—but he has shown encouraging flashes.
Langford is mostly a one-pass-away distributor at this point in his development. He can make advanced skip passes from a standstill or out of a set play, but he has trouble reading and reacting to help defense beyond noticing the help defender in his direct line of vision and finding the open man. For this reason he shows a knack for dump-off passes to the big and hitting Juwan Morgan out of pick and pops, but little else on the move.
Shooting off the dribble
Langford does not pull-up off the dribble from behind the arc at a rate that suggests it will be a reliable fixture of his game, but he does flash advanced off-the-dribble three maneuvers. On a few occasions he has successfully faked from behind the arc off-the-catch and took a three out of an escape dribble. He has also flashed an advanced step back three maneuver that is rare for prospects his age. Many of his pull-up maneuvers come from a standstill or when drifting slightly to the side, as he leans back into his shooting motion. His inability to shoot moving forward will allow defenses to pack the paint on his drives.
Finishing off the dribble
His finishing off the dribble pops on film, but there are elements of Langford’s game in this area that cast doubt on how much of it will translate to the NBA. He does not apply his athleticism to many of his finishes off one foot, thus making him a mostly below-the-rim finisher in the half court. He is able to move defenders because of his strong base and can finish over them with solid touch, but many of his low-to-the-ground finishes off the dribble look like something that you do not often see at the next level, and for good reason.
Finishing in the post
Langford has only posted up a handful of times. Perhaps he could learn to attack smaller guards this way, but it is not a part of his game currently.