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Thunder Sign Tulsa's Mustafa Shakur
NEW YORK, March 16, 2010 – The Oklahoma City Thunder today signed guard Mustafa Shakur of the Tulsa 66ers making him the 24th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2009-10 NBA D-League Season. Shakur is the second 66er to earn a spot in the NBA this season, and joins four players with NBA D-League experience on the Thunder’s roster.
Shakur, 6-3, 190-pounds, has appeared in 40 games, all starts, for the 66ers this season, averaging 20.7 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 39.4 minutes. He has scored in double figures in all 40 games, recording a season-high 34 points in a 106-96 home victory over the Dakota Wizards on March 5. He dished out a season-high 14 assists on Jan. 28, in a 107-104 loss to the Iowa Energy in Tulsa.
A 2010 NBA D-League All-Star starter, Shakur scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in a 21 minutes, leading the West team to a 98-81 victory over the East in Dallas.
Selected with the first pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA D-League Draft by the 66ers, Shakur returns to the NBA following preseason stints with the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Shakur has also appeared in NBA Summer Leagues with Sacramento and the Charlotte Bobcats.
A four-year contributor at Arizona, Shakur averaged 11.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 31 games during his senior season, when he earned All-Pac 10 Honorable Mention accolades. During his collegiate career, he was also named to the Pac 10 All-Freshman Team in 2004, and played in the NCAA Elite 8 in 2005.
Shakur is expected to join the Thunder today and be in available tomorrow when the team travels to take on the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.