Guess what? After a historically bad month of November, which only saw the team secure a single win against a Milwaukee Bucks team sans Giannis Antetokounmpo, the San Antonio Spurs have won two of their four games to start December, with their two wins coming back-to-back against the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat. While the wins won't necessarily help the so-called "tank," they certainly serve as a well-deserved break from the team's struggles.
The additions to the barely-budging win column are obviously the most gratifying part of these wins, but it's important to also appreciate the smaller wins that may otherwise go a bit overlooked. We began to notice a bit of a turnaround three games ago and were able to find a few encouraging developments from the Spurs' loss to the Western Conference-leading New Orleans Pelicans. But we think there are some even more exciting takeaways to be had in the team's latest two-game win streak.
Romeo Langford is slowly finding his rhythm
Teams take every component of a trade into consideration before pulling the trigger, and the Spurs certainly didn't choose to bring back Romeo Langford in the Derrick White trade for no reason. Langford never really found his footing with the Celtics due to injuries and a deep roster, but in his 18th and 19th games played in a Spurs jersey, he's begun to carve out a meaningful role for himself.
In the Spurs' two latest wins, Langford has converted on two-thirds of his field goal attempts (66.7%), including 2 of his 5 threes. He's also averaged 5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1 block in those games, while recording a career-high 5 assists in his outing against the Rockets. He's proven himself to be perhaps the team's most underrated--or at least under-hyped--defender and is becoming an increasingly efficient scorer. He's gaining a better understanding of how to use his length to his advantage in games and is keeping himself on the floor by making frequent hustle plays.
Regardless of whether or not the Spurs believe Langford is a long-term piece of the rebuild, his value is undeniably increasing by the game. So long as he can stay healthy, his continued improvement should be seen as a massive win for the organization.