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The Point Forward: Leaders of NBA’s elusive ‘hockey assist’

Nice article, and of course two of your Spurs guards are in there... Just a little blur (worth the full read though). ----- Without further ado, here’s the hockey assist leaderboard, with total games tracked in parentheses: Good news: 10 NBA teams have purchased a super-sophisticated camera system from STATS LLC that tracks every movement on an NBA court to a precise degree. These are the same cameras, you’ll recall, that told us Tony Parker is the fastest point guard in the NBA. These cameras can track and sort everything, and the STATS folks decided to track hockey assists using a specific definition: A hockey assist, for STATS, occurs when Player X passes to Player Y, and Player Y then records an assist after holding the ball for two or fewer seconds and taking zero dribbles. The goal of the two seconds/no dribbles criteria is to isolate situations in which the initial pass — the hockey assist — has compromised the defense to the degree that the player who then records the "real" assist has little work left to do other than make a relatively simple pass. 1. Derrick Rose, 1.9 per game (10 games) 2. Steve Nash, 1.6 per game (8 games) 2. Raymond Felton, 1.6 per game (11 games) 4. Mike Conley, 1.4 per game (8 games) 4. Tony Parker, 1.4 per game (31 games) 6. Brandon Jennings, 1.3 per game (29 games) 6. Rajon Rondo, 1.3 per game (26 games) All tied at 1.1 per game: Russell Westbrook (35 games), Darren Collison (12 games), Manu Ginobili (15 games) and Jose Calderon (29 games).

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