Boston's Smart wins NBA Hustle Award

(Boston, MA) -- Marcus Smart is adding another piece of hardware to his collection of accolades.

The NBA announced the Boston Celtics guard as the winner of the 2022-23 Hustle Award, making him the first player to win the award two years in a row. This is also the third time Smart has won the award in the seven years it has existed. The award is derived from the hustle stats tracked on NBA.com, including deflections, loose balls recovered, charges drawn, screen assists, contested shots and box-outs.

Players were only eligible if they played at least 24 minutes per game and in at least 58 games this season. Golden State's Draymond Green, Indiana's Aaron Nesmith, New York's Mitchell Robinson and New Orleans' Herb Jones rounded out the top five.

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