Just about everything that takes place on an NBA court will be quantifiable starting this season thanks to motion-tracking cameras that will be installed in every arena.
How long does it take Kobe Bryant to get back on defense in his first month back from a torn Achilles' tendon? What is the field-goal percentage of the Clippers' opponents with center DeAndre Jordan inside the lane as opposed to outside the lane? What's Steve Nash's success rate in defending Derrick Rose one on one?
OK, so maybe you don't need a phalanx of cameras to figure out the answer to the last question, but the system of six cameras and related software in every arena will provide a whole new slew of data for NBA teams to analyze. Player fatigue and referee performance are among the factors that can be measured by a system that monitors every move made on the court.
The NBA will become the first professional basketball league in the world to use such extensive technology to analyze player movement through a partnership between the league, STATS and SportVU cameras. Fifteen teams had already purchased a system first used during the 2009 NBA Finals that will now be expanded to involve all 30 teams.