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Marcus Smart wins NBA Hustle Award

Smart becomes the first two-time recipient.

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Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart has won the NBA Hustle Award. With the win, Smart becomes the first-ever two-time recipient. He won it for the first time in the 2018-19 season.

Past winners of the award include Thaddeus Young (2020-21), Montrezl Harrell (2019-20), Amir Johnson (2017-18), and Patrick Beverley (2016-17).

According to the NBA, the Hustle Award was created to reward “players that do the little things that don’t often show up in the traditional box score.” It is largely based on the Hustle stats that the NBA began tracking in the 2016 postseason. These stats include contested shots, deflections, screen assists, charges drawn, and loose balls recovered, among other categories.

During the regular season, Smart ranked 11th in deflections (205), 10th in charges drawn (16), and fifth in loose balls recovered (74). He also ranked sixth amongst guards in screen assists (39).

The Defensive Player of the Year has become synonymous with hustle, grit, and effort and has continued to display these traits throughout the postseason.