At­lanta Hawks sign former Ga State star R.J. Hunter

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS -

The At­lanta Hawks have signed guard R.J. Hunter, bring­ing him back to the city where he was a col­lege star play­ing for his fa­ther.

The Hawks an­nounced the sign­ing last Fri­day.

Hunter was a first-round pick of the Bos­ton Celtics in 2015 but has yet to make much of an im­pact while also play­ing for Chicago and Hous­ton in the NBA. He is av­er­ag­ing 2.6 points in 44 career games, with just one start.

Last sea­son, Hunter was on a two-way con­tract with the Rock­ets, spend­ing most of the sea­son with Rio Grande of the NBA G League. He avev­er­aged 20.4 points per game in the de­vel­op­men­tal league, earn­ing a shot with the re­build­ing Hawks.

Hunter was the career scor­ing leader at Ge­or­gia State, where he mem­o­rably hit a 3-pointer in the NCAA tour­na­ment to fin­ish off an upset of Bay­lor.

His fa­ther, Ron, is still the Pan­thers’ coach.

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