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Posted at 5:16 PM ET, 01/22/2011

Wizards sign Mustafa Shakur

By Gene Wang

The Wizards signed guard Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract, team President Ernie Grunfeld announced today. Shakur was with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, with whom he averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season through 23 games.

Mustafa provides some needed depth at point guard for the Wizards, whose only healthy player at the position is John Wall. Veteran Kirk Hinrich has played point guard this season as well, but he hyperextended his right elbow in the fourth quarter of last night's 109-97 loss to Phoenix and won't be available for tonight's game against Boston.

The Wizards have been keeping tabs on Shakur for some time and considered signing him before bringing back Lester Hudson after the Gilbert Arenas trade. He participated last week in the D-League Showcase in Texas -- where Tommy Sheppard, the Wizards' vice president of basketball administration, was in attendance -- and earned second-team honors.

Shakur was an undrafted free agent out of Arizona in 2007 and has had brief stints in Sacramento, Oklahoma City and New Orleans, although he has never appeared in an NBA regular season game. He has also played in Poland, Spain and Greece and for the Tulsa 66ers in the D-League.

Shakur spent time in training camp with the New Orleans Hornets this season and has had stints with Oklahoma City, Sacramento and the D-League's Tulsa Thunder, where he averaged 19.3 points, 6.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds during the 2009-10 season.

By Gene Wang  | January 22, 2011; 5:16 PM ET
Categories:  Mustafa Shakur  
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Comments

Speaking of point guards, here's from NYT on Ricky Rubio:

"Why has Rubio’s development stalled?

"Always the youngest pro player on the court, Rubio found it natural to act as a selfless distributor and to defer to those with seniority. That is a defining characteristic of European basketball, particularly in Spain, where it is considered disrespectful for an individual to put himself above the team. Most Valuable Player awards are for the American leagues. All that matters are wins and losses."

"Between all the magical passes, the biggest complaint about Rubio’s game is that he is too unselfish for his own good."

“I try to help the team,” Rubio said. “It doesn’t matter if you have to score 50 points or zero. If I help the team, I don’t think of my stats.”

"...The Timberwolves continue to push him toward the N.B.A. as soon as possible, contending privately that they have a commitment from him for next season. But Rubio’s camp does not appear to be convinced."

“The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota?” a senior member of Rubio’s camp said this month. “He’ll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family’s preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn’t be troubled if he has to stay another year.”

"The Timberwolves have leverage, however. They hold his exclusive draft rights, meaning they are the only N.B.A. team with whom he can negotiate."

"Their latest strategy in trying to persuade Rubio to sign may revolve around the possible N.B.A. lockout of players after the collective bargaining agreement expires on June 30. The terms of the new collective bargaining agreement will probably be significantly less favorable for rookies."

Posted by: Samson151 | January 22, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's get back to Shakur:

"Shakur, a fourth-year pro out of Arizona, is averaging 18.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals this month while making 51 percent of his field goal attempts. In his 69 game D-League career, the consistent point guard is averaging 18.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals. His play last season in the D-League earned him an end of season call-up to the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as a training camp invite with the New Orleans Hornets this past preseason."

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2011/01/22/mustafa-shakur-expected-to-be-called-up-to-washington-wizards/

I find it interesting that the Fanhouse piece quotes Shakur as saying that the Wizards have shown a lot of interest in him.

"They were actually interested in me since last year but I ended up signing with Oklahoma City," Shakur remembered. "They've shown a lot of interest in me since then."

Knowing Washington might have a need for a third point guard, Wizards Vice President of Basketball Administration Tommy Sheppard scouted last week's D-League Showcase where Shakur earned Second Team All-Showcase honors."

Let's hope it works out for him.

A Shakur in hand is worth two Rubios in the bush.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 22, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

one more example of these inept people running this team,namely ernie bernie and flippy wippy!these guys just dont have a clue.ernie has been here for a long time and has only managed to keep this team mired in the basement or lower middle of the pack.now they have executed another popcorn-poo-but move!is this tupacs brother or son? jeeze!

Posted by: billydee123 | January 23, 2011 12:13 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: katinakidd | January 23, 2011 12:35 AM | Report abuse

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