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Emergence of the Parker-Langford pairing could reap dividends for Celtics

 Boston fans have no idea what to expect from these two guys. Injuries and limited floor time have left Jabari Parker and Romeo Langford in Limbo with respect to what they can offer this season. But their emergence could significantly swing the odds in Boston's favor in both the regular season and playoffs.


Parker has shown his bosses enough that it appears he will make the roster cut and earn at least a guaranteed $1.1 million as of the start of the regular season. He has the size (6'8"), age (26 years old) and skills to help The Green's cause if he remains injury-free.

 Although not blessed with superior athleticism, at least from what we have seen, Jabari can score in many ways - bullying his way to the hoop - creating his own shot from mid-range - and finishing lobs. He has shown flashes of sprinting down court, sparking the fast break, and confounding his defenders with some decent footwork. His defense remains in question. Will he be an occasional starter or merely one of the last guys to leave the bench.

My readers know that I am not a major fan of corner-3s, but Langford has them down to a science on catch-and-shoot situations. No hesitation - never tenuous - he gets the shot off fast and with great form. His 18 points, three boards and two steals versus the Heat on October 15 give fans an indicator of what he can do on the floor. But like Parker, the questions remain. Is he also an occasional starter or an end-of-bench player? We will start answering these questions on opening night against the New York Knicks.

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