The Boston Celtics’ championship aspirations may have fizzled away after news that Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are reportedly leaving Beantown.
But their next chapter started Thursday night with the NBA Draft.
The Celtics started off draft night by selecting Romeo Langford from Indiana University with the 14th pick.
The 6-foot-6-inch freshman was the main option — and a solid isolation player — for the Hoosiers throughout his lone collegiate season.
He posted averages of 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists, but 2.1 turnovers throughout the season. Also, Langford struggled to shoot from the college three-point line (27.2 percent).
Langford won’t immediately fill the gaping hole left by the departure of Irving, but his ability to score from the wing position should help the Celtics forget what they had in their former “leader.”
The Celtics also hold the 20th and 22nd picks in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.