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Encyclopedia > Assist (basketball)

In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was "assisting" in the basket. This person is known as the "assistor." According to the Official 2004 NCAA Basketball Statistics Rules, an assist has to be "a major part of the play," which either finds the player already with a "positional advantage," or helps him or her get one. There is thus some judgment involved in deciding whether a passer should be credited with an assist. An assist can be scored for the passer even if the player who receives the pass makes a basket after dribbling the ball. However, the original definition of an assist did not include such situations,[1] so the comparison of assist statistics across eras is a complex matter. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... In basketball, the term field goal is the term for any basket not made from the free throw line. ...


Only the pass directly before the score may be counted as an assist, so no more than one assist can be recorded per field goal (unlike other sports, such as ice hockey.) A pass that leads to a shooting foul and scoring by free throws does not count as an assist. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... In basketball, free throws or foul shots are attempts to score points unopposed from the free throw line (informally known as the charity stripe), and are generally awarded after a foul by the opposing team. ...


A player can get him or herself into position to receive an assist in a variety of ways. The main way is to come off a screen, which, if executed properly, will leave the player open for a pass, and in a position to easily score. Other times the defense will double team an offensive player, leaving someone else open. (It is the passer, not the player receiving the pass, who "receives" the credit for making an assist.) Averaging a large number of assists doesn't always mean that the player is good at passing. If a player was to handle the ball most of the time, he/she would eventually pass it. If his teammate scores, then he/she gets an assist. A screen or a tv in basketball is an offensive tactic to block the path of a defender to free up a teammate for scoring opportunities. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


Point guards tend to get the most assists per game (apg), as their role is primarily that of a passer and ballhandler. Centers tend to get fewer assists, but centers with good floor presence and court vision can dominate a team by assisting. Being inside the key, the center often has the best angles and the best position for "dishes" and other short passes in the scoring area. Center Wilt Chamberlain led the NBA in assists in 1968. A strong center with inside-scoring prowess, such as the Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal, can also be an effective assistor because the defense's need to double-team him results in the offense's shooters being open outside. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is one of the most famous professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...

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Notable players

John Stockton, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and Bob Cousy are widely considered the greatest ever at delivering assists in the NBA. Stockton holds the record for most total assists in a career, with 15,806. Behind him is Mark Jackson, whose 10,334 assists are a distant second to Stockton's total. Magic Johnson holds the record for most average apg for a career with 11.2, Stockton is second with 10.5. Stockton, Jackson, and Johnson were all point guards. Oscar Robertson had 9,887 career assists at a time when assists were only awarded for field goals made without a dribble. He was the first player to average more than 10 assists per game in a season, and led the NBA in assists six times. Cousy led the league in assists eight straight seasons. The NBA single-game assist record is 30, held by Scott Skiles of the Orlando Magic against the Denver Nuggets, on December 30, 1990. John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a former American professional basketball player. ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Chicago Bulls. ...


Other players that are considered to be great at making assists are: Nate Archibald, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Gary Payton, Wilt Chamberlain, Scott Skiles, Rod Strickland, Isiah Thomas, Mark Price, and Lenny Wilkens among other notables. Nathaniel (Nate) Tiny Archibald (born September 2, 1948 in New York City) is a former professional basketball player. ... Timothy Duane Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former National Basketball Association player, who in his prime was one of the leagues best at the point guard position. ... Kevin Maurice Johnson (born March 4, 1966 in Sacramento, California) is an American former National Basketball Association point guard who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns. ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California) is an American All-Star professional basketball player in the NBA. After earlier tours with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, he is currently the New Jersey Nets starting point guard and captain. ... Steven John Nash[1], OBC (born February 7, 1974) is a Canadian professional basketball player. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Chicago Bulls. ... Rod Strickland (born July 11, 1966, in the Bronx, New York) is a professional basketball player most notably in the NBA. A native of South Bronx, who played for the nationally known New York Gauchos, while a junior he led Truman High School in the Co-Op city section of... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, and is currently the head coach and president of basketball operations for the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Mark Price moves the ball during a game. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ...


Other notable assistors today include:Baron Davis, Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Dwyane Wade, and TJ Ford. Baron Davis (born April 13, 1979, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player currently starting at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup because: It has too many sections Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball... Christopher Emmanuel Chris Paul (born May 6, 1985, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets of the NBA. // Paul was selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the... Deron Michael Williams (born June 26, 1984 in Parkersburg, West Virginia) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is also a former collegiate player for the University of Illinois. ... Andre Lloyd Miller (born March 19, 1976 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. Miller played collegiately at the University of Utah for four years. ...   (born January 2, 1981 in Sioux City, Iowa) is an American NBA basketball player, currently starting at point guard for the Chicago Bulls. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Terrance Jerod (T. J.) Ford (born March 24, 1983 in Baytown, Texas) is a 6 foot tall point guard for the NBA team the Milwaukee Bucks. ...


Other terminology

There are many synonyms used to describe an assist. Some of the most popular are:

  • "dishing the rock"
  • "dropping a dime"
  • "feed the post"

See also

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season assists recorded. ...

References

  1. ^ Hal Bock, Give an assist to NBA, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 28, 2002.

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One man's passion. (basketball star John Stockton; includes related article) (Cover Story) - HighBeam Encyclopedia (2938 words)
Stockton, whose record-breaking assist came in the second quarter of a homecourt blowout of the Nuggets and was his 11th of the evening, seemed resigned to this unsolicited recognition and wanted the hoopla over as quickly as possible.
But for a player whose most exotic childhood basketball fantasy involved one day beating his older brother on the family driveway, the last stage of this drive toward a monumental but irksomely individual NBA milestone was tinged with irony and mild irritation.
Basketball purists can argue, and have, the legitimacy of this statistic for years, but few will dispute Stockton's rightful place among distributors of the basketball.
NBA.com Canada: Basketball U on Assists (259 words)
This can be a pass to the low post that leads to a direct score, a long pass for a layup, a fast break pass to a teammate for a layup, and/or a pass that results in an open perimeter shot for a teammate.
In basketball, an assist is awarded only if, in the judgement of the statistician, the last player's pass contributed directly to a made basket.
An assist can be awarded for a basket scored after the ball has been dribbled if the player's pass led to the field goal being made.
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