Thunder’s Chris Paul, Steven Adams impressed with NBA prospect RJ Hampton
The Oklahoma City Thunder played against the New Zealand Breakers as part of their tune-up games to the coming season. While this usually seems like a boring game, seeing Chris Paul play against RJ Hampton–one of the 2020 Draft’s most highly-rated prospects–was a treat for a lot of basketball nerds and NBA scouts.
The unassuming preseason was visited by a good number of NBA scouts, and Hampton showcased just why there were scouts in the building. Steven Adams gave high praise to the 18-year-old, per The Oklahoman’s Maddie Lee:
“He did a good job running their stuff,” Adams said of Hampton. “For a very young boy, being able to run that type of offense—there’s some offenses that are easy to run, just pick-and-roll, but then there’s a whole bunch of other actions.”
Paul, a future Hall of Famer and one of Hampton’s basketball idols, also gave the kid a good assessment after watching film of his play.
“R.J. looks good, man,” Paul said after the game Thursday. “He’s very talented, and I see why all the scouts and GMs came to see him play.”
Hampton is just one of the rookies for the 2020 Draft who chose to forgo college and play basketball in Australia. LaMelo Ball is also plying his trade for the Illawara Hawks, and their games can be watched on Facebook Live.
If Hampton keeps up his level of play throughout the NBL season, there’s no question that he’ll end up as one of the forerunners for the first overall pick.