2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 4.0, Atlanta Hawks Trade Down to Pick at 8, 14 & 22, Lakers Trade #4

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20. player. 18. . Guard/Wing. Boston Celtics (via LA Clippers). Romeo Langford

This actually represents a fairly precipitous decline for Indiana’s Romeo Langford, as the freshman was widely believed to be a Top 10 – or even Top 5 – pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

However, teams are seemingly low on Langford after a tough first season in the cream and crimson of the Hoosiers and, as such, his stock has faltered. With Langford’s stock at its nadir, this allows the Boston Celtics to take a swing on a high-upside prospect at #20 overall – pairing him with Brandon Clarke as part of the team’s core going forward – or representing another cost-controlled young asset for Trader Danny Ainge.

Langford had the ball in his hands a lot for the Hoosiers, which was typified by his 26.1 percent usage rate per Sports Reference, which was 11th in the Big Ten Conference. Beyond that, Langford was able to produce an impressive volume at all three levels, as he was on the only player on Indiana with over 100 attempts at the rim, from two-point range and from three-point territory.

His best zone was at the rim, where he shot a robust 65.9 percent, per Bart Torvik. Though a solid athlete, Langford lacks explosiveness, which means most of his shots were contested at all levels.

Though we have previously expressed why the Atlanta Hawks should take Langford, in this mock-up scenario, that is simply not possible.