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Long Island Nets acquire R.J. Hunter

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The Long Island Nets have acquired the D-League rights to R.J. Hunter, the 6’5” Georgia State sharpshooter who has fallen short in NBA stints with the Celtics and Bulls. Hunter was waived by Chicago on December 29.

Hunter, now 23, was taken by Boston with 28th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft after leading Georgia State to a stunning upset of Baylor in the NCAA tournament and setting various scoring records at the school.

After a disappointing rookie year with Boston On October 24, 2016, Hunter was waived by the Celtics at the last minute this preseason. Three days later, Hunter signed with the Bulls, getting a partial guarantee of $425,000.

He was waived by the Bulls on December 29 after appearing in three games. During his time with Chicago, he had multiple assignments to the Windy City Bulls where he played with the Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

In 39 career NBA games with Boston and Chicago, Hunter recorded averages of 2.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per contest. He has also appeared in 13 NBA D-League games between the Maine Red Claws, and the Windy City Bulls, averaging 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 32.2 minutes per game. This year, he’s been averaging 18.6 points but he’s shot poorly.

His biggest failing since being drafted has been living up to his reputation as a marksman. He has shot under 30 percent in his two NBA stints and under 25 percent in the D-League.

The Nets have had good luck with signing D-Leaguers. Last season, they called up and eventually signed the D-League’s leading scorer, Sean Kilpatrick, and this summer, they inked Joe Harris based on his time with the Canton Charge last year.

The Long Island Nets play the Erie Bayhawks Saturday night. No word yet on whether Hunter will play.