The Atlanta Hawks continued a clear course of action for the 2018 offseason: add shooting.
After drafting three noted shooters in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, the team has added guard R.J. Hunter in free agency. Hunter has bounced around the league, and his greatest career accomplishments came in the NCAA Tournament while playing for nearby Georgia State.
A former first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, Hunter has also played with the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. He spent some time in the Brooklyn Nets organization, as well.
Hunter has started one game in 44 career appearances. His ability to shoot three-pointers could make him an asset with the Hawks, who notably added Trae Young with a top pick in the most recent draft.
The Hawks are looking to create a modern offense revolving around the three-pointer. In addition to Young, the team also drafted Kevin Huerter, a sharpshooter from Maryland, and Omari Spellman, a Villanova product who serves as a stretch big.
The Golden State Warriors rose to prominence with three-point shooting success, and the Houston Rockets soon followed. The Hawks are taking a long-term approach to their rebuild, as they hired Lloyd Pierce–who served as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers–to oversee the team’s growth.
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