In his seventh 2015 NBA mock draft, ESPN insider and draft specialist Chad Ford predicts that the Portland Trail Blazers will use the 23rd pick to select Georgia State's R.J. Hunter. The 6'5" guard is a prolific scorer with impressive shooting range, and is a projected mid-to-late first round pick. Ford had the following to say about Hunter and why the Blazers might want him:
Hunter is one of those love-him-or-hate-him type prospects. Teams that love him point to his terrific shooting and passing ability. Teams that hate him think he's soft and will get killed on defense. He has teams as high as the Hornets at No. 9 who really like him. But I could also see him sliding to about here. It would be tough for the Blazers to pass on him, however, with Wesley Matthews heading into free agency.
Hunter averaged 19.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting as a college junior in 2014-15, and hit a game-winning three-pointer to give Georgia State a comeback win over Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament's round of 64.
Can Hunter develop the shooting efficiency and defensive strength necessary to excel at the NBA level? If he is available at 23, should the Blazers take him? Or would they be better off addressing a different need?