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What is Assist?

In basketball, this is a statistic awarded to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a field goal. Unlike in hockey, only the pass directly before the field goal may be counted as an assist in basketball.

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The assist is said to be the most subjective statistic in basketball because it is reliant on the official scorekeeper's judgement regarding whether or not the pass is facilitating a direct move to the basket. Some believe that players are awarded more assists at home than on the road.

Former Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton holds the NBA record for most career assists with 15,806.

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