Orlando Magic goaltender RJ Hampton was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for May on Monday, becoming the first Magic player since Elfrid Payton in 2015 to win the award.
Hampton was just the seventh rookie in team history to win after averaging 16 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists in eight games off the bench. He converted on 45.7% of the field, including 43.5% (10 of 23) on a range of 3 points.
The 15th overall pick was sixth in points, first in rebounding and fourth in assists among all rookie players during the month. He scored three double-doubles, which were tied for the rookie lead.
Hampton expressed gratitude for winning the award on Twitter.
Thanks to the magic for believing in the child https://t.co/u5vqHUKWXd
– RJ (@ RjHampton14) May 18, 2021
Of course, Hampton joined the Magic on the trade deadline and welcomed the opportunity to record hefty minutes in Orlando after playing sparingly with the Denver Nuggets. He took full advantage of his new role and showed why magic wanted him to be included in the trade.
After appearing in 26 games with the Magic, Hampton will enter the offseason with a better understanding of his role going forward. He will be able to tackle his summer training and know next season that he will play a full role with the team.
In a small sample, Hampton has given the organization a lot of hope for the future, and he plans to play a key role with the team in the future.
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