Michigan State basketball: 3 massive benefits from Josh Lanford’s return

Josh Langford, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Josh Langford, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

1. MSU gets yet another scoring option

Losing a scorer like Cassius Winston and potentially solid role players like Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry could put a damper on the offense in 2020-21.

However, people seem to forget just how good of a scorer Josh Langford could be. Not only was he a solid scorer, but he has arguably the best jump shot on the team. He loves the mid-range game, Rip Hamilton-style, but he can step back and hit threes at an impressive clip.

In fact, he was shooting 40 percent from deep in his junior season before going down midway with a foot injury and never returning. Langford was also averaging a career-high 15 points per game.

When Langford has confidence, there’s almost no one who can stop him. He has the ultimate green light and can make from anywhere on the floor. He’s not the quickest slasher to the basket, but he can create for himself with drives as he’s crafty enough to do so and that extra scoring option will be huge for a young roster in 2020-21.

A true sophomore and former transfer were the most likely scoring options for the Spartans heading into the 2020-21 season but now a proven fifth-year senior and captain will help assume those duties.

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