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He’s a Wizard: Ex-Cat Shakur helps beat Celtics in debut

Still wearing the headband he sported at Arizona, Mustafa Shakur had a team-high five assists in 10 minutes vs. the Celtics. Photo by Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

Former Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur made a successful debut with the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Earlier in the day he was a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League. By the end of the night, he had provided five points and five assists in 10 minutes as the Wizards upset the Boston Celtics 85-83.

Shakur filled the backup role to rookie John Wall because Kirk Hinrich was out with a sprained right elbow.

“Oh, man, it’s a great feeling and an unbelievable opportunity the organization has given me to come in here and just be a part of everything,” Shakur was quoted as saying in the Washington Post.

Shakur, 26, signed a 10-day contract with Washington.

This is his fourth NBA team. Shakur has played in a total of 10 NBA games since the 2007-08 season.

There is more information on Shakur’s Washington debut at the Washington Post link, including quotes from Wall and coach Flip Saunders.

Here is a pregame interview with Shakur:

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