The First Annual Nets SportVU Awards

The First Annual Nets SportVU Awards

The J.R. Smith Achievement For Reckless Shooting Abandon:

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Awarded to the player with the highest ratio of shots to passes, Mr. Marcus Thornton, who passed the ball just 1.8 times for every shot attempt. (The team averaged 3.8 passes per shot attempt.) This should surprise precisely no one, as Marcus Thornton is what happens when you spin Nate Robinson and J.R. Smith together in a centrifuge.

Thornton was a good shot creator, hitting a career-high 38 percent of his three-point attempts with the Nets and putting up a big 14 points in the first half of their Game 7 first-round win over the Toronto Raptors. But he also took over 10 shots per game and passed the ball just over 18 times per game on the season.

Runner-up: Joe Johnson, who passed the ball just 2.2 times for every shot attempt. Brook Lopez would’ve beaten both of them if he had the minutes to qualify, but Lopez was also given the ball with the explicit direction to shoot, and only played in 17 games.

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