Orlando Magic fans are in for a real treat next season, if what RJ Hampton said is to be believed.
In an interview with The Athletic’s Josh Robbins, RJ Hampton said that the rumors that he’s grown are true. (via The Athletic, u/nonbiasednbafan on Reddit)
“I asked [Magic guard] RJ Hampton about his height, and specifically about the rumor that he’s grown two or three inches.
He answered: ‘I’ve grown two inches since the start of last season. I was 6-4 when I came in (to the league). I’m 6-6 now. So, yeah, two inches. I’ll hopefully get taller.'”
The news is a welcome revelation for the Magic, who acquired Hampton from the Denver Nuggets along with other picks for Aaron Gordon last season. In 26 games for the Magic, Hampton averaged 11.2 points on middling-to-bad efficiency (43.5% from the field, 31.0% from three) along with 2.8 assists and 5 rebounds per game.
The hope for Orlando this season is that Hampton, last year’s lottery pick Cole Anthony, and 2021 5th overall pick Jalen Suggs can form a solid core for the team. Hampton adding two more inches to his height would allow him to slide to the small forward position for the Magic. That would allow Suggs and Anthony to form a deadly backcourt duo in their natural positions.
However, Robbins points out that there might be some slight confusion with regards to Hampton and his height.
“It should be noted that the Magic have referred to Hampton as being 6-6 from the moment the team traded for him, Gary Harris and a future first-round pick last March from Denver for Aaron Gordon and Gary Clark. On the Magic’s most recent roster, the team continued to list him as 6-6.”
Nonetheless, Magic fans have to be hyped with regards to their core. Hopefully, those two inches Hampton gained will go a long way in helping Orlando reach their full potential.