The Boston Celtics have had conversations with RJ Hampton and he could be a player that makes an impact right away.
The NBA Draft is getting closer and closer and Boston Celtics fans will be hoping that they select a player that can give the C’s the much needed edge to hopefully make it to the NBA Finals. With his experience, RJ Hampton can be that guy.
Hampton didn’t take the usual route after high school. He played for the New Zealand Breakers so instead of playing against college players, he played against professionals.
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It wasn’t exactly a great experience for Hampton. He averaged 8.8 points and 2.4 assists per game. To his credit though, Hampton did shoot 40 percent from the field. That type of accuracy shows that he can be an NBA player.
Also, Hampton wasn’t getting starter minutes. He was only playing 20 minutes a game. Those numbers aren’t bad for a player coming off the bench.
One team that is interested in Hampton happens to be the Celtics. The team has already interviewed Hampton and is now hoping to get him in for a workout.
Hampton could make an impact coming off the bench. He is great at using his speed to blow by defenders and get to the rim.
The Celtics would just need to craft him into a better player. He would need to improve his jump shot as well as his defensive skills.
But Hampton has the experience of playing against pros. He should have a much easier transition compared to his college counterparts. I’m not saying that Hampton is going to burst onto the scene like Luka Doncic who played in Europe, but he should have a quality rookie season.
There is also the fact that Boston could lose Gordon Hayward. They would then need a rookie who can step in and play serious minutes right away. Hampton would be a perfect candidate for that job.
Still, the possibility of Hampton coming to Boston should intrigue Celtics fans. As a rookie, he could be a great depth addition and from then the C’s could have a star on their hands.
After falling short of the NBA Finals in 2020, Boston will be looking to improve in 2021. It will be a tough challenge with next season likely being a weird season similar to 2020, but the Celtics have one of the brightest stars in Jayson Tatum.
All the Celtics need is to add some depth and skill around him. By selecting a player such as RJ Hampton, Boston would be doing just that. That should get Celtics fans excited if they end up electing the 6’5″ guard.