The Boston Celtics were unable to overcome a 3-1 deficit against the Miami Heat, but the team has a strong foundation nonetheless.
Youngsters like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown took massive strides this past season, and Kemba Walker is under contract for the next through the next two years, with a player option for 2022-23.
However, as Boston ponders potential offseason moves, Celtics president Danny Ainge is excited for another young player: Romeo Langford.
Ainge said during an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub he feels Langford's ability to get into the rim and score in the paint suits this Celtic team nicely:
“We started to get Romey back healthy, and we really like him,” Ainge said, via Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports Boston. “He's a good player. I know that nobody knows that yet in Boston and hasn't seen him, but the two games we played against Miami that we won, we scored 56 points in the paint in the last three quarters of one of the games and 60 points in the paint in another one.
“That's Romey's strength: scoring in the paint. And he didn't really get a chance to show much of that during this year.”
Langford was Boston's first selection (14th overall) in last summer's draft, though he did not see a ton of action.
The former Indiana product played in 32 games and averaged just over 11 minutes per game during the regular season prior to undergoing surgery on his right wrist.
Ainge might feel Langford has the skill set to contribute to this club, but the 20-year-old must stay healthy, first.
Langford missed the 2019 combine with a thumb injury, with the wrist issue being the latest setback. He is a big, physical slasher who might be the kind of scorer Boston needs going forward, but he needs to stay on the floor and get more minutes.