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NBA mock drafts for Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan



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Freshman guard Romeo Langford passes the ball to senior forward Juwan Morgan on March 2 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU defeated Michigan State, 63-62. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

Two IU players have high chances of hearing their names called Thursday at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York.

Romeo Langford has the best chance at being selected in the first round of the draft, and Juwan Morgan could hear his name called in the second round.

Here are some of the mock drafts predicting the destinations of the two former Hoosiers.

Sports Illustrated Big Board 3.0 — Langford 7th to the Chicago Bulls

The Bulls haven't made the playoffs since 2016 and have struggled to find an identity since that year.

Chicago has shuffled players in and out of the organization over the past three years but appeared to have found two key players in forward Lauri Markkanen and guard Zach LaVine. However, the role players around those two lacked consistency.

Adding Langford's ability to slash to the hoop and finish at the rim could add a third scoring option the Bulls' lacked last season.

CBS Sports — Langford 16th to the Detroit Pistons

The Pistons barely squeezed into the playoffs last season with a 41-41 record. Their postseason stint didn't last long as they were swept in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Aside from All-Star forward Blake Griffin, the guard play of the Pistons was nonexistent last season. Starting point guard Reggie Jackson averaged 17.8 points per game, but there were no consistent guards to play alongside him.

That's where Langford could slide in. He averaged 16.5 points per game last season for IU. The 6-foot-6-inch guard could provide consistent offense and defense for the Pistons if selected.

Sports Illustrated Mock Draft 10.0 — Langford 21st to the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City was the sixth seed in the playoffs last season and lost in the first round to the Portland Trailblazers.

Two of the three guard/small forward positions for the Thunder are filled by stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The third spot last season was taken by Terrance Ferguson, who averaged 6.9 points per game as a rookie.

If the Thunder select Langford, his role would likely start coming off the bench. But his size and versatility could get him in the starting lineup and provide the Thunder with a potential third scoring option.

Sports Illustrated Big Board 3.0 — Morgan 53rd to the Utah Jazz

The Jazz were the fifth seed in the playoffs last season and lost in the first round to the Houston Rockets.

Utah's starting five is a young, tight-knit group that doesn't seem like it will split up anytime soon unless the organization goes after a superstar in free agency.

Morgan would likely come off the bench for the Jazz. Utah's bench doesn't have much depth, so gaining an athletic forward like Morgan to contrast the power of Derrick Favors at the forward position could be a useful tool for Head Coach Quin Snyder.

The Athletic — Morgan 56th to the Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers snuck into the playoffs last year as the eighth seed in the Western Conference and lost in the first round to the Golden State Warriors.

Unlike their counterparts Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers aren't filled with superstars. Instead the team is comprised by hard-nosed players coached by a savvy Doc Rivers.

The grind-it-out style of play would fit the mold for a player like Morgan. Throughout his four years at IU, Morgan's hard work and grit made him a successful player, and those traits could resonate with him on a scrappy Clippers team.

Undrafted

Not many NBA mock drafts have Morgan listed in the top 60 players. Despite averaging 16.5 and 15.5 points per game in his final two years at IU, many analysts see the Morgan's size and strength as a weakness.

Being 6-foot-8-inches and 232 pounds is considered small for the NBA. But Morgan is used to being an undersized big man in the Big Ten and still found ways to be effective.

Nowadays in the NBA, the center position isn't as necessary as it was 10 years ago. Stretch forwards allow teams to play small and emphasize a fast-paced offense as well as the 3-point shot.

Although Morgan's 3-point percentage isn't the greatest, his athleticism and quickness could make him a solid stretch forward in the league. Even if he's not drafted, Morgan can sign on to a team's training camp and work his way onto an NBA roster.

The 2019 NBA Draft will start at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Barclays Center.

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