What's an Assist really worth?
There's some judgement required in recording an assist, but put simply the player has assisted another to make a score.
Now, passing the ball to Penney, who then drains a 3, may not seem like much. But it does take vision, judgement, and skill to hit your centre under the basket. And I'd also argue that sometimes there is a skill to realising that your 3-point specialist is open on his own, and flicking him the pass so he can shoot before the defence covers.
The reason I ask is this:
If I was choosing an "All-Star" team, the first guard I would pick (Damo love aside) is Cedric Jackson. No hesitation. IMHO he is hands-down the best Point-Guard in the league.
Yet in the 6 guards actually chosen, he doesn't even crack a mention?
Ok, he doesn't score like Randle, or even Holt, and traditionally we like high-scoring from our imports, but is that the primary role of a PG? And as I asked in the title, how much are all those assists worth?