Tip-off to the 2021-22 season for the Boston Celtics is a little under a month away, and we at the Houdini couldn’t be more ecstatic.
After watching them endure one of their most disappointing campaigns in recent memory, registering a mere 36-36 record during the regular season and being trounced via gentleman’s sweep against the Brooklyn Nets in round one of the 2021 playoffs, fans of the organization are heading into this year with the hope that more success is right on the horizon.
That said, before we can tune in to view the shamrocks face off against the New York Knicks on opening night, the franchise must go through their annual training camp and preseason, the latter of which opens September 28th.
Though generally speaking, camp is a time period where people outside of the organization or individuals who are non-members of the media are left somewhat in the dark when it comes to information, news eventually manages to make its way to the airwaves at some in time.
In regard to said news, during this year’s training camp we at HH believe fans should have their eyes and ears open for information pertaining to 3 specific members of the Boston Celtics:
Boston Celtics player No. 1) Romeo Langford
Heading into his third year with the Boston Celtics, 2021-22 appears to be somewhat of a make-or-break campaign for former lottery selection, Romeo Langford.
Since being selected 14th overall back in 2019, the wing has struggled mightily to carve out a consistent role within the team’s rotation, be it due to wonky play or injury.
Heading into year three, Langford has played in 50 out of a potential total of 144 regular-season games (just about 35 percent of contests played).
During said outings, his production has proven to be rather underwhelming, as the highly-touted Indiana University product boasts career averages of just 2.7 points on 35 percent shooting from the floor and 22 percent shooting from deep.
Though he has shown flashes of being a sound defender and finisher at the rim, said flashes have been too few and far between for both fans and the franchise to get a proper read of what the 21-year-old’s potential is at this level.
With more competition being brought in at the wing this offseason (Josh Richardson, and newly-signed sharpshooter Garrison Mathews), coupled with many familiar faces returning, in comparison to previous training camps, Langford has a steeper hill to climb when it comes to trying to attain a consistent rotational spot.
His performance in this year’s Summer League was rather encouraging (17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists on 38.5 percent shooting from deep), but this was done against a majority of players who were/ are heading towards either two-way contracts or the free agency market.
How Romeo Langford winds up playing in training camp will have massive implications on what his future with the franchise moving forward will look like.