BOSTON -- A few quick thoughts on the Boston Celtics’ first-round pick (No. 28 overall):
The pick: R.J. Hunter, guard, Georgia State
My take: If Boston’s perceived reach for Terry Rozier at No. 16 left fans crotchety, the Hunter pick was received a bit warmer after the shooter appeared to slide a bit. It doesn’t hurt that Boston is desperate for shooting, the No. 1 thing Hunter brings to the table.
Expert's take: The 6-foot-6 Hunter ranked 24th on the final big board of ESPN draft guru Chad Ford (one spot behind Rozier). Wrote Ford: "Hunter is another divisive prospect. Hunter began the year ranked No. 20, but after a strong showing in the summer, moved up to the lottery on some boards, including ours. His struggles from the 3-point line this season hurt his stock and teams worry he lacks the strength to guard in the NBA. But his shooting ability and high basketball IQ have others thinking he's the next Klay Thompson." Ford had Hunter in play as early as No. 15.
What it means for Boston: The Celtics, having utilized their two first-round picks this year on guards, are left with an overflowing depth chart. Hunter is going to have to shoot it well to compete for floor time, but, regardless something has to give in Boston’s backcourt. That means uncertainty for returning veterans Phil Pressey and Chris Babb, two players with nonguaranteed contracts entering the summer.