A statistic in basketball, defined as the average number of assists a player makes on a per game basis. An assist is recorded when a player passes the ball to another player who then scores the ball. This statistic can be calculated by dividing the total number of assists a player makes over a specific number of games by that number of games. This statistic can be very helpful to coaches trying to determine who is passing the ball to the open man, but should not be relied upon as the only statistic to measure that particular quality.
An assist is awarded when a player passes the ball to a teammate who scores. The amount of time that may elapse between the player receiving the pass and scoring the ball in order for an assist to be recorded is at the discretion of the scorekeeper. There are rules that dictate when a player has assisted in a score, but since a human is the one recording the action, there may be a home-court advantage because the home team supplies the scorekeepers. Players who are known for their assisting abilities sometimes have their assist numbers inflated because they are given the benefit of the doubt on certain plays. What this all means is that assists per game, while helpful, should not be relied upon as the only measure of assists.