Romeo Langford: Tools
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His top speed is nothing to write home about, but Langford’s creation is aided by a decent first step and smooth, long strides. He seems to get where he wants for the most part off the dribble, which can contribute to his ability to accelerate in tight spaces. He is comfortable handling the ball at his top speed, which aids his functional speed in the open court.
Langford applies his east-west speed most often on-ball when maneuvering past defenders for finishes. His agility unlocks his potent change-of-direction finishes and downhill crossovers. On defense, his lack of advanced anticipation guarding quick players does not allow him to fully apply his east-west speed as an on-ball defender.
Langford clearly has the ability to get up. It is most often seen on block attempts from a standstill or transition finishes when he has an opportunity to gather. He does not often apply his leaping ability to his drives, though. As a result, he has struggled to finish over bigger defenders despite his solid touch and ability to move shot blockers with his momentum. Until he can apply his vertical to his off-the dribble finishes, it's hard to project his finishing ability to the next level. It is unclear if he is merely not in the habit of exploding upwards on his finishes because he has not had to in the past or because he physically has trouble doing this.
Langford’s body control is the main vehicle that has allowed him to convert tough finishes off of drives thus far. His intersection of strength and agility allows him to adjust his body on the fly, even through traffic, to convert. It also helps him fight through screens. He has an uncanny ability to shift his hips and make himself small to fit through and fight past the screener to still contest his man.
Langford is not the longest wing in the draft but is extremely built for a 19-year-old. His rapid muscle growth suggests he could continue to put on weight to better stay in front of bigger NBA wings.