by Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman returned to Canton for his second season, fighting for his place in the starting five.
“MAAR” as he’s affectionately known around Canton, was as reliable as they come this year, appearing in 42 out of 43 games and starting the final nine of the shortened season. The 6-4 guard out of Michigan averaged 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 21.2 minutes of action.
MAAR’s utility was highlighted towards the end of the season. “MAAR is a constant pro,” added Charge Head Coach Nate Reinking. “He always stays ready and contributes in every opportunity. This was extremely evident when we went 8-1 with him in the starting lineup at the end of the year. He is the ultimate teammate who plays the game the right way at both ends of the floor.”
In that nine-game stretch, Abdur-Rahkman tallied not only a career-high with a 25-point performance during a 121-116 win over the College Park Skyhawks on February, 25th, but also set his career mark with six assists in the March 10th victory over the Windy City Bulls that clinched a first-round bye in the would-be playoffs.
Long-time Charge play-by-play announcer Scott Zurilla added, “Muhammad is the kind of player that every team wants on its roster. Can start or come off the bench, play multiple positions on offense, defend multiple positions on defense, can score or defer, whatever is needed at any given time. On top of all that, a really good guy who’s well liked by his teammates and staff.”
Abdur-Rahkman was a versatile player. In his nine starts, he started three at the forward position and six as a guard.
Touching on his development, Charge GM Brendon Yu said, “MAAR has been an integral part of the organization these past two seasons. It’s been great to see him fully healthy. He’s continued to improve as a shooter and is just playing with more confidence. He’s one of the those guys that when it’s winning time you want him out there.”