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 mostly based on the Hustle stats that the league began tracking in the 2016 playoffs, which include contested shots, deflections, screen assists, charges drawn, and loose balls recovered, among other categories.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been named the winner of the 2021-22 NBA Hustle Award, the NBA announced today.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 23, 2022
Smart becomes the first two-time winner of the Hustle Award after first earning the honor following the 2018-19 season. pic.twitter.com/ACMPchcWyP
Past winners of the Hustle Award include Thaddeus Young (2020-21), Montrezl Harrell (2019-20), Amir Johnson (2017-18), and Patrick Beverley (2016-17).
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