This makes it the second straight year that the Celtics guard has been given the award, becoming the first player to win the honor in back-to-back seasons and it's his third time overall over the past seven years it has existed.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is the winner of the 2022-23 NBA Hustle Award.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 4, 2023
Smart has earned the annual honor for the second straight season and the third time in five seasons.
A look at his impactful effort plays ➡️ https://t.co/BltE74x3oT pic.twitter.com/TraGOE0jyh
The NBA Hustle Award is given to to players that make effort plays that don't necessarily make the box scores, but NBA.com has tracked certain stats including deflections, loose balls recovered, charges drawn, screen assists, contested shots and box-outs since the 2016-17 postseason.
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