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


JACKSONVILLE, FL – MARCH 19: R.J. Hunter #22 of the Georgia State Panthers celebrates after making a game-winning three-pointer against the Baylor Bears with 2.8 seconds left in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo […]

ATLANTA (AP) — 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 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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