Based on these awards, perhaps Love, Rubio should try other sports?
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This NBA season wasn't what it could have been for Wolves fans. It wraps up tonight, and the Wolves fans still paying attention likely will be tickled with disappointment and an undying curiosity about what could have been. But for several injuries and a surprising and perhaps fluky slew of late-game losses, Minnesota reasonably could have contended for the playoffs.
The Wolves season was not without bright spots, however. ESPN NBA analyst Tom Haberstroh handed out some end-of-season awards Wednesday. He used NBA StatsCube, SportVU and Synergy databases to come up with somewhat unconventional awards such as 'most inconsistent scorer' (Steph Curry) and 'best driver' (Kevin Durant). He calls them HabersTrophy awards, and acknowledges the cheesiness of the name.
You can read his full slate of awards behind ESPN's Insider paywall, here.
Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio got the award for the most hockey assists. That is, the pass that sets up an assist. An excerpt from Haberstroh:
Rubio tallied an NBA-high 165 such passes this season. Rubio can thank Kevin Love for not just his heap of assists this season, but the hockey assists as well.
In addition to helping Rubio pick up secondary helpers, Kevin Love won an award of his own: Most touchdown passes. These are characterized by SportVU as long-distance outlet passes. They are defined as passes following defensive rebounds that travel at least 20 feet and lead to a fastbreak.
Here's part of the excerpt from Haberstroh:
As you might have suspected, Love destroys the competition with 76 of these deep bombs, more than the next two highest totals -- Spencer Hawes (33) and DeAndre Jordan (32) -- combined. There were 41 Love-to-Corey-Brewer connections alone. Someone get this info to Adrian Peterson.
That's pretty incredible.
With Rubio's hockey assists and Love's touchdown passes, it leads to the question for you, readers:
Are these Wolves stars simply caught playing the wrong sport?