Mustafa Shakur Update

By James Blackburn

Mustafa Shakur
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The Wizards signed Mustafa Shakur last Friday to a 10-day contract. Shakur had been playing in the NBA Development League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, after spending time in the New Orleans Hornets training camp before the season.

Shakur was averaging 16.7 points, 5 assists, and 4.7 rebounds through 23 games with the Vipers organization. I will believe Shakur will bring much needed scoring and depth to a Wizards team that has yet to win a road game all season.

So far, through 3 games with the Wizards, the ex- Arizona guard is averaging 4.7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in a little over 12 minutes a game. He is also posting a +/- score of +9 while on the floor, showing his ability to influence a game with his defense and by doing the little things that do not necessarily show up in the box score.

I will not be surprised to see the Wizards reward Shakur with a second 10-day contract and then ultimately land with a NBA team for good.

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