The New Orleans Pelicans traded the rights to the No. 24 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to the Denver Nuggets, who will acquire G RJ Hampton. The Pelicans had acquired the pick initially from the Milwaukee Bucks via the Jrue Holiday trade earlier in the week. The Nuggets also had the No. 22 pick in the draft, which they used to select Arizona PF Zeke Nnaji. Here, we’ll break down how Hampton fits in with the Nuggets.
First-round Pick Analysis
The Nuggets get themselves a versatile and fast combo guard in RJ Hampton, to go with their budding core. The 6-foot-5 Hampton spent last season in the NBL with the New Zealand Breakers.
The 19-year-old guard averaged 8.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. Hampton also shot 40.7 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from three-point range, which he can improve on in the NBA. He is joining a Nuggets’ squad that has a starting backcourt comprised of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. However, there will be room for him to get minutes with Monte Morris and Will Barton, when Denver has to go to their bench.