Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise

Last week I introduced the Shabazz Assist, a revolutionary new statistic that properly credits a player for missing dunks that "ricochet perfectly to an open teammate in the corner." But like any forefront in advanced analytics, the Shabazz Assist remains a work in progress, and in hindsight its parameters were too narrow. For instance, the play above—where Harrison Barnes expertly passes the ball to an open Steph Curry via Hassan Whiteside's outstretched arm—isn't currently recorded as a Shabazz Assist, and that's a problem. So, for now, the new working definition of a Shabazz Assist is "any intentionally missed shot that leads directly to a three-point field goal."

Advertisement

And as always, if you spot a Shabazz Assist in a game, let us know: tips@deadspin.com.

Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our newsletter