Depending on what Brad Stevens decides to do with the mid-level exception, the remaining TPE’s, and possible minimum free agent signings, Boston will depend on their stable of young players and internal development to round out the rotation, but if these playoffs are any indication, young players can have a real impact on winning despite their age and experience.
Whether it’s the Clippers’ Terance Mann or the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter, second and third year players have all played substantial roles in their teams’ championship hunt this summer. The picks used to nab them in consecutive drafts – from the Kings via the 76ers and from the Grizzlies respectively – ironically lost value when both teams outperformed preseason expectations; now, both players will look to do the same in 2021-2022.
In Langford’s rookie and sophomore seasons, he started the year on the shelf, recovering from thumb surgery in Year 1 and wrist surgery and COVID in Year 2 before finally coming back last April. In the final two months of the season, he hit 42% of his threes; in a similar span of games to start the year, he hit only 35%. The game slowed down for the first-year player.