R.J. Hampton

20-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/5/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
In the 2020-21 campaign, Hampton appeared in 51 games for the Nuggets and Magic. After playing just 9.3 minutes per game for the Nuggets, the rookie was traded to the Magic in the Aaron Gordon deal. He was able to gain a much greater role with the Magic and finished his season strong, averaging 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.3 minutes per game after being traded. Hampton will have to compete for minutes with young guards Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz and fifth overall pick Jalen Suggs. Therefore, the 20-year-old will likely take a step back in playing time and production from the second half of last season. Hampton is doubtful to be relevant in any fantasy aspects. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Nuggets in November of 2020. Traded to the Magic in March of 2021. Magic exercised $2.41 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Roderick "R.J." Hampton was born on Feb. 7, 2001 in Dallas, Texas. He is the son of Markita and Rod Hampton and has one younger brother, Ryan. His father Rod played college ball for SJMU. Hampton first played basketball at age three. Hampton's top five movies are Talladega Nights, The Silence of the Lambs, The Lion King, Norbit and Rush Hour. Hampton's favorite basketball player is the late Kobe Bryant. In high school, Hampton played basketball for Little Elm in Little Elm, Texas. He was a decorated high school player, a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top six players in the 2019 high school class. However, Hampton opted to play professionally overseas after high school in the National Basketball League. With the New Zealand Breakers, the 6-foot-5 wing averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.6 minutes per contest and started in 12 of 15 appearances. Following that season, Hampton declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Hampton opted to play professionally overseas for one season after high school, signing with the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian NBL. He made his debut Sep. 20, 2019 in a win over Melbourne, posting 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. He had a breakout performance in his next appearance, managing a season-high 20 points, five rebounds, a season-high three steals, a season-high two blocks and two assists in 32 minutes against South East Melbourne. His other season highs were set at eight rebounds and five assists. Overall, Hampton averaged 10.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 21.3 minutes, starting 14 of 17 appearances.

Slated to miss 2-to-4 weeks
GOrlando Magic
Knee
January 20, 2022
Hampton (knee) is expected to be sidelined for 2-to-4 weeks, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Hampton sustained an MCL sprain and bone bruise of his left knee during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia and will face a multi-week recovery timetable. A better idea of his status should be revealed based on how he responds to rehab and treatment.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
At 6-foot-5, Hampton is usually the fastest player on the court. The guard creates easy buckets in transition and off turnovers while possessing the ability to capitalize on defenses that haven't yet gotten set. Denver, however, was one of the slowest paced offenses in the league last season, so this isn't necessarily the perfect fit. That said, Hampton has a fine mid-range game and will likely battle for minutes with new teammates Will Barton and Gary Harris.
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Out indefinitely
GOrlando Magic
Knee
January 20, 2022
Hampton sustained an MCL sprain and bone bruise in Wednesday's loss to the 76ers and doesn't have a timetable to return.
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Teases double-double in loss
GOrlando Magic
January 3, 2022
Hampton registered nine points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and three assists over 32 minutes during Monday's 102-98 loss to the Bulls.
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Gets big minutes in return
GOrlando Magic
December 26, 2021
Hampton (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) produced 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five assists, two steals, one rebound and one block across 32 minutes in Sunday's 93-83 loss to the Heat.
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Available Sunday
GOrlando Magic
December 25, 2021
Hampton (COVID-19 protocols) is available Sunday against the Heat.
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Won't play Thursday
GOrlando Magic
Covid-19
December 23, 2021
Hampton has cleared the league's health and safety protocols but won't play Thursday against the Pelicans due to conditioning issues, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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