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#28 Boston Celtics: R.J. Hunter

With the 28th pick, the Celtics drafted R.J. Hunter.

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With the 28th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected R.J. Hunter from Georgia State University.

This is a great pick for Boston, as few people expected Hunter to be available at No. 28. He was projected in some mock drafts as a mid-first-rounder, so this is excellent value for the Celtics.

Hunter is one of the best shooters in the draft, and he made a name for himself and helped his stock with his fantastic play during this year’s NCAA Tournament. He is the first player from Georgia State to play in the NBA.

At 21 years old, Hunter is an NBA-ready player who should be able to contribute relatively quickly for Boston. He has NBA size and length, standing at 6’6 with a 6′ 10.5 wingspan.

It is somewhat surprising to see Boston go with two guards in the first round (as they used their No. 16 pick on Terry Rozier, who is also 21 years old), as many league sources expected them to grab a big man with at least one of their selections.

However, Rozier and Hunter are very different players – as the former is more of a defensive-oriented point guard and the latter is a scoring shooting guard.

Last season, Hunter averaged 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals in 37.2 minutes per game while playing for his father.

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Alex Kennedy is the Managing Editor of Basketball Insiders and this is his 10th season covering the NBA. He is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

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