And-Ones: Hampton, China, Hamilton, More

RJ Hampton‘s stock has dipped a little in the last year, as he’s no longer a slam-dunk lottery pick, ranking 13th overall on ESPN’s big board. However, Hampton feels that spending the season in New Zealand was a learning experience and believes he’s still very capable of being a difference-maker at the NBA level, as he tells Ian Begley of

“I was a projected top-five pick last year. I went overseas, I learned a lot, I didn’t have superior numbers and I was kind of forgotten about,” Hampton said. “The message that I was trying to get across (in his video meeting with the Knicks) is, ‘I’m still that same player. I’m still that player that can get you 20-25 points, 6-7 assists, be that lead guard and a franchise changer.'”

Hampton’s jump shot, particularly from beyond the arc, is one potential area of concern for NBA teams. However, former NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller, who has been helping Hampton train in Memphis, is confident that the youngster will eventually be a “high-30s, low-40s percent three-point shooter,” as Begley relays.

“It’s not a guess. I’ve seen the progress he’s done in two months, so I know what the progress is going to be in three years,” Miller said. “… When he continues the way he’s training, he’ll be so dynamic in the NBA.”

Here are more odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • Asked earlier this week by Bob Costas on CNN about the NBA’s relationship with a “brutal human rights abuser like China,” commissioner Adam Silver offered a long explanation for why the league is continuing to try to grow the game there (link via Sopan Deb of The New York Times). I think those are decisions are for our government, in terms of where American businesses should operate,” Silver said. “I continue to believe that the people-to-people exchanges we’re seeing by playing in China are positive and it’s helping.”
  • Former NBA center Justin Hamilton, who appeared in 113 games for four teams between 2013-17, is signing a new contract with China’s Beijing Ducks, agent Andy Shiffman confirmed to JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors (Twitter link). Emiliano Carchia of Sportando previously reported that Hamilton was expected to remain in Beijing.
  • Zach Harper of The Athletic evaluates how much – or how little – the 12 teams eliminated from the postseason so far should be panicking, explaining why the Sixers, Bucks, and Clippers should be a whole lot more concerned than the Nets, Mavericks, and Pacers.
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13 thoughts on “And-Ones: Hampton, China, Hamilton, More

  1. Sillivan

    My biggest concern ranking
    Nobody wants Westbrook
    Too hard to sign and trade Harrell
    Horford +salary for Chris Paul
    Thunder would demand 3 Firsts
    Don’t have good assets for trade

    • I think the Sixers are more concerned that their core doesn’t have a championship ceiling. Similar for Houston. The bucks should be most concerned that Giannis is going to leave, and how do they get players that they can surround him with? Personally I don’t think the clippers have much reason for concern.

      • x%sure

        So players divided not getting along is not a concern? Are you saying a solution is clear, or they will just grow up, or it doesn’t even matter.

  2. Sillivan

    This is the question I asked Knicks fans
    3 available players at 8th pick

    Who do you pick?

  3. Sillivan

    RJ Hampton was projected 4th pick Last year
    Now he is around 24th pick

    This draft is so deep

  4. DeathbyDeathwest

    I think Ty Lawson explained why the NBA is pursuing the market in China so clearly that they cancelled him.

  5. Hampton is still a top 10 talent. This draft is deep in lottery level talents, but shallow in terms of safer picks (due to lack of track records at the top). Its fluid 1-20. Maybe the combine will sort things out. Right now, trade down unless the player you really want is there.

    • Sillivan
      RJ Hampton at 25th pick
      RJ Hampton at 19th pick

  6. Black Ace57

    So Silver and the league are willing to say on the record that black lives matter, but clearly Uyghur and Hong Kong lives aren’t worth speaking up for.

    • illowa

      I find it puzzling that players continue to play there. For some reason you get to pick n choose what causes you want to stand up for as long it doesnt interfere with earning an income.

  7. The Howler

    NBA teams have concerns about Hampton’s range. Hampton pays Miller to make him a better shooter. Miller trains Hampton. Miller declares Hampton a better shooter who will eventually be above average 3 point shooter in NBA.

    Nothing fishy about that situation.

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