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Four Celtics top-10 in NBA Hustle Stats

 Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Rob Williams and Al Horford all made top-10 in NBA.com's Hustle Stats.



Marcus ranked number-7 for Deflections Per Game. Rob nabbed the top spot in Loose Balls Recovered/game. Newly-acquired Derrick White grabbed the 3rd spot for Charges Drawn per contest. And the Celtics two bigs, Williams III and Horford took the #7 and # 8 slots, respectively, for Contested Shots/Game.

My first reaction is that Derrick White was the right pickup for Brad Stevens. Drawing charges takes a lot of guts, particularly if the opponent attacking the hoop resembles Joel Embiid or Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Rob being top-10 in two categories is not a surprise. At times, he seems to be everywhere, blocking and deflecting shots, grabbing offensive boards for put-backs, and hitting the floor to recover loose balls. And Al's presence in the Hustle Stats is most welcome




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