R.J. Hampton

20-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
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. Contract includes $2.41 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

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.

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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.

Great performance vs. Celtics
GOrlando Magic
October 14, 2021
Hampton posted 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Celtics.
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Hampton capped off a productive preseason Wednesday. The second-year guard, in his four appearances, averaged 11.3 points on 8.5 shots, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals with just 1.0 turnovers in 21.2 minutes. The Magic's backcourt is relatively busy, but it seems likely that he'll be a regular rotation player this season. He's worth targeting in some keeper formats but probably won't have a fantasy impact in standard redraft leagues this year.
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Hampton was the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He debuted with the Nuggets on Dec. 28 against the Rockets. He played four minutes and posted two points and one rebound. He played 25 games for the Nuggets -- 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.3 minutes -- before being traded to the Magic on March 25. He was dealt with Gary Harris and a first-round pick to Orlando for Gary Clark and Aaron Gordon. He debuted for the Magic March 28 against the Lakers. In 17 minutes, he posted 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. He appeared in 26 games with the Magic (one start) and averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.2 minutes. Overall, between both Denver and Orlando, the rookie shot 43.5 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three and 67.1 percent from the charity stripe. He set single-game career highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two blocks. Arguably his best overall performance was May 3 against the Pistons. In 35 minutes, Hampton recorded 16 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal with just one turnover.

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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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Joins Magic summer team
GOrlando Magic
August 2, 2021
Hampton will play for Orlando's Summer League team along with Cole Anthony, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Active Sunday
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Ankle
May 16, 2021
Hampton (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the 76ers.
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Likely out Sunday
GOrlando Magic
Ankle
May 16, 2021
Hampton (ankle) "probably" will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Sixers, per coach Steve Clifford, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Uncertain for Sunday
GOrlando Magic
Ankle
May 15, 2021
Hampton is questionable for Sunday's game against the Sixers with a sprained right ankle.
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Just misses triple-double Friday
GOrlando Magic
May 15, 2021
Hampton scored 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-7 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes off the bench during Friday's loss to the 76ers.
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