Draft prospect RJ Hampton sees the NBA up close: 'It was just a dream come true'

OKLAHOMA CITY — The numbers didn’t show it, but the hordes of NBA front-office personnel in attendance weren’t really there looking for those anyway.

They were there to see the hypersonic first step, the spring-loaded bounce and the complete skill set of likely 2020 lottery pick RJ Hampton, and he delivered in flashes Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With almost 60 scouts and NBA execs in attendance, Hampton finished with 8 points on 2-of-11 shooting plus 5 assists to just 2 turnovers in 30 minutes as his New Zealand Breakers fell to the Thunder 110-84. Two nights earlier, against the Memphis Grizzlies, with an estimated 100 NBA types in the arena, Hampton struggled, with 2 points on 1-for-8 shooting and just 1 assist in 20 minutes.

“I don’t really think about that,” Hampton said of the scouts watching. “I’m just trying to get my team the win. I’m trying to help them at all times, be the best they can be and be the best I can be.”

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