Earlier this week the Boston Celtics announced that prized rookie Romeo Langford would be assigned to the G League. Since being drafted, it has been a rough outing for the New Albany native. Rome was unable to get participate in Summer League action because he was still recovering from his thumb surgery. He also had groin issues and a knee sprain that slowed his progress in training camp and preseason. Recently, Coach Stevens acknowledged that Romeo would have more opportunities to get more reps and be better conditioned by being assigned to the Maine Red Claws, their G League affiliate.
Rome suited up for his G League debut last night and certainly left a strong impression. The former Mr. Indiana Basketball reminded many why there were the incredible expectations coming out of New Albany High School. Langford posted 27 points, six blocks, five rebounds and two assists on 10-15 shooting in dominant fashion. The Red Claws earned a dominating 148-125 victory over the Delaware Blue Coats.
The Celtics lack bench scoring - which ultimately could provide just the opportunity Langford would need. Now with the untimely injury to Gordon Hayward, this could also open playing time for Langford to step in as he gets better acclimated and conditioned. Personally, I believe that his slashing and scoring ability could be essential to Boston making any type of run as the season moves forward.