Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shakur heads down the turnpike. Now what?

Congratulations to Mustafa Shakur for earning a well-deserved call-up to the Oklahoma City Thunder. There's no question Shakur deserved the 10-day contract, and here's hoping he'll get a chance to prove his value to the Thunder very soon.

While I sat watching the Thunder game against Charlotte tonight and listened to the announcers glow about Shakur, I started thinking about who would guide the 66ers as the point man. Two weeks ago, the 66ers had Shakur and Kyle Weaver. Now they're both wearing Thunder uniforms.

A hint may have come today when the 66ers inked Wink Adams. He certainly has the stats, as the 6-foot guard averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 133 games over four seasons for UNLV. Adams was named to the 2008-09 All-Mountain West Conference First Team and All-Mountain West Tournament MVP during his senior season. More recently, he played in Turkey, where he averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 18 games. In addition, Adams participated in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in 2009 as a member of the New York Knicks.

Is this the answer at point guard? What about Cecil Brown? Is he 100 percent after his ankle injury? Will he run the offense at times? If you look at the 66er roster, there are only three guards listed, with Moses Ehambe joining Adams and Brown. Ehambe is much more a shooting guard than point guard. Deron Washington has spent some time at guard as well, but falls into the same category as Ehambe (shooter predominantly).

As the 66ers enter into a big two-game stretch at Idaho this weekend, there will be questions at the point. At this time of the season, that may not be a good thing.

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