Hornets sign Mustafa Shakur

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed free agent guard Mustafa Shakur.  Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

“Mustafa will be able to give us depth at the point guard position,” said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps.  “He has thrived in the D-League and has great size and vision for a point guard.”

Shakur (6-4, 195) appeared in 47 games (all starts) for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League last season, averaging 19.2 points, 6.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 37.8 minutes per game. He was named to the All-D-League Second Team and was an All-Star last season for the 66ers.  Undrafted out of the University of Arizona, Shakur was signed by the Sacramento Kings out of college in 2007 and appeared in five preseason games with the Kings before being cut. During the 2009-10 season, Shakur appeared in two preseason games with the Minnesota Timberwolves before being cut and was also signed to two 10-day contracts by the Oklahoma City Thunder, but did not appear in a game.

Shakur, 26 years old, spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons in Europe. In 2007-08 he played with the Euroleague club Prokom Trefl Sopot where he won the Polish National Championship as well as the Polish Supercup. Shakur played for the Euroleague club TAU Ceramica during the 2008-09 season.

A former McDonald’s High School All-American out of Philadelphia, PA, Shakur and current Hornets guard Chris Paul were widely regarded as the top two point guards in the class of 2003.