The Boston Celtics cut shooting guard R.J. Hunter on Monday afternoon according to his father, Georgia State Basketball coach Ron Hunter, just one day before the start of the regular season. The move ensures James Young will make the final roster.

Tough start to career

R.J. Hunter was the best player in Georgia State school history. He broke the career scoring record despite leaving the team for the NBA Draft after his junior year, skipping a fourth season. Hunter twice won Sun Belt Player of the Year honors, as well as Sun Belt Male Athlete of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015. The guard also led a memorable upset for the #14 seed Georgia State over #3 seed Baylor in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Hunter was picked by the Celtics with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but failed to make a significant impact on the roster. He played in just 36 games his rookie year, averaging 8.8 minutes per game and 2.7 points per game while being shuttled to the Maine Red Claws, the team's D-League affiliate.

Celtics outlook

The Celtics are expected to continue their recent upward trajectory this season and compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference crown. They made a big move over the summer by signing center Al Horford away from the Atlanta Hawks, ensuring their status as a legitimate NBA contender.

Young, the 17th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, had a similar season to Hunter last year and also spent a good deal of time with the Maine Red Claws.

His size and athleticism likely made him the last roster choice over Hunter, as he has the ability to play behind both Avery Bradley at shooting guard and Jae Crowder at small forward.

The release for Hunter was particularly rough, as it fell on his 23rd birthday. People on Twitter immediately began calling for their teams to sign the inexperienced Hunter, including fans of the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics will begin their season at home on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

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