Mustafa Shakur left the University of Arizona after four seasons less of a prospect than what he once was as a 2003 McDonald’s All-American, and thus, was passed over by the 2007 NBA Draft. He was signed by the Sacramento Kings that summer, but was released before ever playing. He spent some time in Europe and was again seriously looked at by the Oklahoma City Thunder last March, but never played. The New Orleans Hornets picked up Shakur last August, that didn’t pan out either.
Now he finds himself as the latest D-League call up of the Washington Wizards. The Philadelphia native arrived in D.C. from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers nearly four hours before the Wizards are set to play the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. With backup point guard Kirk Hinrich out due to issues with his elbow, and with John Wall unlikely to play a ton of minutes, being on the tail end of a back to back having battled Steve Nash on Friday night, along with emergency backup point guard Josh Howard being out for a couple more weeks, Shakur has a legit shot to play in his first ever NBA game.
The media briefly caught up with Shakur before tonight’s match-up against Boston to get his thoughts on the day, one where when his agent let him know about the call-up, he was sure that he was kidding.