Boston Celtics: 3 players with the most to prove during the 2021-22 season

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3 Boston Celtics players with the most to prove in the 2021-22 season

No. 3: Romeo Langford

It’s safe to say the first two seasons of Romeo Langford’s career have not gone the way he would have expected them to go. Langford has been limited to 50 games throughout his first two seasons, and has struggled with his consistency during his time on the court. With Langford not showing much development through his first two seasons, this may be his last shot to crack a spot in the Celtics rotation.

Langford missed a good chunk of last season, but when he was healthy, he was clearly forced into a role he wasn’t ready for yet. He averaged nearly 16 minutes a game, but only managed 3.1 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game. Langford did show his potential during the series against the Nets, as he averaged 9 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game in around 27 per minutes game.

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Simply put, Langford hasn’t been good enough when he’s been called upon for Boston throughout his first two seasons. He’s shown flashes of his potential from time to time, but it’s never been consistent enough to warrant him an extended look. He’s a solid defender, but you can’t really justify playing a guy who only shot 35.6 percent from the field last season.

Time may be running out for Langford. To compound his struggles, the Celtics added another wing player in the draft in Aaron Nesmith who made much more of an impact in his rookie season than Langford did over the entirety of his first two seasons. If Langford struggles again this season, there’s a good chance he get boxed out of a roster spot by Nesmith.

Langford’s first goal for this season has to be to stay healthy. He’s never really been able to develop a rhythm because he has spent so much time off the court. But Langford looked pretty solid during the Boston Celtics Summer League action, so maybe he can start putting the pieces together in his third season and earn himself some more minutes. Otherwise, he could be shown the exit door in short order.