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Have You Seen This? Defender dishes out a beautiful assist with his face

Eric Gaines lasers a pass off an Arkansas defender's face to Brandon Murray for the easy layup in this image from a video posted by ESPN on Friday.

Eric Gaines lasers a pass off an Arkansas defender's face to Brandon Murray for the easy layup in this image from a video posted by ESPN on Friday. (ESPN)


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THE COURT — Pop quiz: Who is the all-time great basketball player when it comes to dishing out assists. Easy. John Stockton was a wizard with the ball, tallying an NBA-record 15,806 assists over the course of his career. The closest active player to that mark is Chris Paul, and he's nearly 5,000 assists short.

Seriously, there will never be another John Stockton.

But what about the most creative player when it comes to dishing out assists? Names like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Pete Maravich and Oscar Robertson might come to mind.

Well, it's time to add another name to that list. Check out this assist from Arkansas player Au'Diese Toney.

There are a couple of things that make this assist special. First, Toney was on defense when he passed the ball. Second, he used his face, instead of the usual technique that involves hands.

The most impressive thing is how quickly Toney recovered. If I had a bullet of a pass ricochet off my face, I would probably be rolling around on the floor in agony. Toney handled it so smoothly it almost makes you wonder if he practices this play.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." To read more of his articles, visit Grant's KSL.com author page.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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