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Mustafa Shakur Makes NBA Debut
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 25, 2011
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Jan. 25, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. - Former Wildcat standout Mustafa Shakur made his National Basketball Association debut Jan. 22 with the Washington Wizards.

Shakur, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard, signed a 10-day contract with the Wizards on Jan. 22 and debuted later that night in an 85-83 win over Boston. In two appearances to date, he is averaging 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

He tallied five points and five assists in his NBA debut against the Celtics and followed that up with six points, five rebounds and four assists on Jan. 24 vs. New York.

Shakur's stint with the Wizards is his third with an NBA franchise. He was on the Sacramento Kings opening night roster in 2007-08 and was with the Oklahoma City Thunder last spring, but did not see any game action.

He was signed from Rio Grande Valley of the NBDL, where he was averaging 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

Shakur is the 11th Arizona Wildcat to suit up in the NBA this season, a figure that ranks sixth nationally. Joining Shakur are Gilbert Arenas (Orlando Magic), Jerryd Bayless (Toronto Raptors), Mike Bibby (Atlanta Hawks), Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets), Channing Frye (Phoenix Suns), Jordan Hill (Houston Rockets), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Richard Jefferson (San Antonio Spurs), Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks) and Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers).

A four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats (2003-07), Shakur averaged 10.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 131 career appearances (129 starts). An honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection in 2007, Shakur passed out more assists (670) than any player in the Lute Olson era and ranks second in that category in UA career annals.

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