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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 1:25 pm  |  26 responses

NBA to Install Data-Tracking Cameras in All Arenas


What was once on the cutting-edge will now become the norm — the NBA is having STATS LLC data-tracking cameras (which cost about $100,000 per year) installed in all 29 arenas around the League. Per Grantland: “The deal is expected to be announced as early as next week. Exactly half the league’s teams used the STATS LLC SportVU cameras last season after a trend-setting half-dozen had them installed for the 2011-12 season — or even earlier. The cameras record every movement on the court — of players, officials, and the ball — several times per second, so that subscribing teams have been able to track the positioning of players in new ways … The Toronto Raptors showed how they have used the data to (among many other things) build computerized ‘ghost defenders’ that reacted in optimal ways to every offensive action. The team could then overlay camera recordings of actual game play to see how closely Toronto’s real players mirrored the actions of their ghosts. Subscribing teams have used the data to get at some of basketball’s deepest questions — how many players should crash the offensive glass; where missed shots actually fall after hitting the rim; the best strategies for defending various players in the pick-and-roll; how each player should approach transition defense in specific situations; and many, many others. The possibilities, big and small, are basically endless. Reports released by STATS include information on how fast players run, how often they dribble, how far they run during games, which players touch the ball at the elbow most often, and which players drive from the perimeter to the basket most often.”

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  • smith stopped, smith blocked.

    sorry guys, both clippers and lakers play at the staples center, therefore, there is only 29 arenas in the nba !!

  • RKJ92

    This sounds amazing.. :-o

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Meh…the NSA is already doing this.

  • Dfrance

    Not sure if you want to use the Toronto Raptors as an example of how to effectively use this system.

  • JoeMaMa

    Sounds legit. But I’m going to start wearing tin foil hats to the games.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you see the analysis they did though? it really painted a picture of how truly terrible the Raptors were……better than any previous video tracking has been able to achieve.

  • cheesewiz

    id rather see refs getting the block/charge calls right then this

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Does anyone else feel this means more for “prospective” DPOY candidates than most other people?

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Which should mean that if players recognise the importance of following the findings improvement would directly result. This means for me that FINALLY results on the floor should be player driven and not coach driven!!!!!! If your not replicating that “ghost defender” you, the player are more accountable and finally players get sacked for the faults as opposed to pinging a decent coach for the blame.

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    If your not replicating that “ghost defender” you, the player are more accountable and finally players get sacked for the faults as opposed to pinging a decent coach for the blame.

  • RonTeezy12

    lol

  • Deckard

    Did you see that Rajon Rondo? Your ghost DOES NOT try to reach when he’s facing Derrick Rose.

  • initbruv

    Sounds like a big fat f*cking waste of money to me. “Subscribing teams have used the data to get at some of basketball’s deepest questions”…there is no such thing as deep questions within sports. That’s what I like about them.

  • Caboose

    Then you don’t watch enough basketball.

  • initbruv

    I watch what I would consider to be the right amount of basketball. I guess I would amend my statement to say that things like “how many players should crash the offensive glass; where missed shots actually fall after hitting the rim; the best strategies for defending various players in the pick-and-roll; how each player should approach transition defense in specific situations” aren’t deep questions, they’re just strategic questions. There are a lot of deep questions involving sports, none of which can be tackled by data tracking cameras.

  • RyanDeahn

    All that technology and they still don’t come close to the playoffs lol

  • Caboose

    That’s fair. “Deep” isn’t the appropriate adjective to use in the article, I agree.

  • Caboose

    LOL

  • Caboose

    So the NBA uses advanced computer programming and videography to generate artificial, perfect defenders that demonstrate a theoretically perfect defense. Meanwhile, the MLB uses dudes with half a foot in the grave and poor eyesight to watch a ball traveling up to 100mph. Two kinds of sports.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    NBA: Cutting edge technology.
    MLB: Cutting edge pharmacology.

  • Ugh

    Because you need $100,00 of advanced metrics to see the Raptors are crap.

  • Ugh

    I can’t wait for ESPN to run an article that says “According to STATS LLC, Ty Lawson is 74% more likely to foul another player when the opposition centre stands within 74 inches of the baseline referee in areas named after Fortune 500 companies, if it’s the second night of a back-to-back where the previous game was at home. This means the Nuggets are .41% less likely to score on the sixteen possession of the half against the Hornets, who play their centres on the strong side during that play.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You can see exactly where and why they are crap. Be more specific in coaching each individual. Recognize the value of some players (Amir Johnson) and the wasted minutes in others (Andrea Bargnani).

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