This wasn’t quite a swing for the fences pick by the Celtics, but it was close. Despite not working out for the team, Romeo Langford was picked 14th by the Celtics in Thursday night in Brooklyn. Langford was considered at one point to be a potential top 5 player in this year’s draft. However a subpar/injury-filled season at Indiana derailed his projections, which had him fall right into the Celtics hands. For the Celtics, this pick made sense. Romeo Langford is a versatile guard, who can guard multiple positions. Not to mention the team struggled to drive to the rim and get to the line last year and that’s what Romeo Langford will presumably bring to the team, along with his defense. He’s got a smooth game on the offensive end. Langford can handle the ball, get to the basket, finish in the paint, finish through contact, and can get to the free-throw stripe. There are concerns about his 3 point shooting, but most people, including myself, think it’s because of a thumb injury Langford battled through the entire season at Indiana. That thumb injury though is part of the reason he was selected by the Celtics. He showed grit, toughness, and determination. 3 qualities most teams love to see in a player. Whether Romeo Langford will make an impact on this new Celtics team right away is still in question, but I believe he could be a great player down the line.
I fell in love with Grant Williams during the SEC tournament in March and I was stoked when the Celtics picked him at 22. Williams is a tough, physical forward, who is going to fit great in Boston. He’s undersized, however, Tennessee ran a lot of offense through him at the low post. He can hit jumpers, post up, finish inside, finish through contact, and pass out of the low post. In addition to that, Grant Williams can really rebound the ball. With the way he’s built, he can box out big guys with ease, grab rebounds, and can even throw down a putback dunk every now and then. His knack for the game is unique. Not many guys coming from college have a high IQ on and off the court like Grant Williams has, which made him a clear target for the Celtics. Just from his interviews, people will fall in love with him. Williams is a great teammate to be around and I’m excited that he’ll be bringing that, along with his game, to Boston for the foreseeable future.
A true value pick by the Celtics. Selecting Carsen Edwards 33rd, all while boxing out the Sixers while doing it. Just a great move by Danny Ainge and the front office. Edwards is a pure scoring guard. His range is ridiculous, he can shoot the lights out from anywhere on the floor, he’s very quick, very shifty, very athletic, can get to the line, and can finish around big guys at the bucket. Carsen Edwards is going to initiate a lot of offense for the Celtics with the ball in his hands. The defensive end will be a struggle for Edwards due to his smaller size, although he works hard on that end, which is what you’d like to see. Edwards is going to be an exciting player to watch in Boston and, with the Celtics lacking some true point guard depth, he has a chance to play right away.
The Celtics couldn’t go wrong with the 51st pick and they sure didn’t when they picked Tremont Waters out of LSU. Waters has a complete game. He’s quick, he can get to the rim, finish around the rim, shoot the 3, find guys wide open for shots, throw lobs, and defend. He’s a small guard, but how hard he works on both ends of the floor makes up for that. Away from his play, guys love him. Tremont is a good teammate and a good guy to be around. With all the Celtics chemistry issues last year, they could certainly use a guy like Tremont Waters in the locker room. The Celtics found a nice piece late in round 2.
By: Seamus Zarlingo
Twitter: @Seamus Zarlingo