I had not considered this idea but seems certainly valid. For example, an Odum drive to the bucket with a pass to the corner to Carter who fakes, draws the defense and gives to Printy for the 3. Why should only Carter get an assist when the drive collapsed and started the scramblig defense.
Then, they explode the concept as shown below:
"About Two Assists in the SAME Play
"... Another obvious element is that the assists metric is somewhat dependent on how often a team made three-pointers, because the circumstantial numerical evidence that so many three-pointers are assisted.
It is not surprising at all that three-pointers tend to get more assists, having a portion of two-pointers which are "un-assistable", the result of put-backs and tip-ins, while few threes are shot off of the dribble.
Another evidence in our assist analysis maybe a good shooting team that doesn't score often on put-backs, so there were more two-point assist opportunities.
The eBA Basketball Statistics Analysis System, is able to give two assists - like in hockey - on one play. Many times, a point guard gives a great pass, and another player makes a pass that leads to the basket.
The first pass gets a credit in the game analysis chapter - no at the stats numbers ! -, because it can be more important than the second pass.
On the other hand, a great pass that leads to the shooter being fouled is credited as an assist.
In the case of free throws, eBA System register the assist if the fouled player makes both (or the three) throws or one of them.
But in this case, in our rate we give the assist a qualification of one point for each free throw made.
The eBA System registers the following stats about Assists, in addition to the Made and Received ones:
Defensive assists, missed assists, potential assists, assists in paint, assists outside of paint, within each, assists leading to jump shots, assists leading to layups, assists leading to foul shots, and within each of these, are they part of fast break or not. ....."
This document contains selected excerpts from the
"eBA System - The Basketball Statistics Creative Analysis"