GM Mitch Kupchak hired four staffers to comb through data from Sport VU cameras, which track player locations at a rate of 25 times per second, data that he says has "changed this whole business." Still, coach Byron Scott's open hostility toward the 3 -- the team ranks 25th in 3-point attempt rate -- demonstrates the Lakers' disbelief in implementing metrics on the court.
With Rex Ryan as coach, the Jets remained well behind the analytics curve in a league that is barely keeping up in its own right.
ESPN The Magazine and unleashed our experts and an army of researchers to rate 122 teams on the strength of each franchise's analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.
After looking at the stats, reaching out to every team and dozens of informed sources and evaluating each front office, we ranked an overall top 10 and bottom 10 and placed each team in one of five tiers by sport.
And it's all thanks to a staff of eight R&D specialists who find numerical advantages not only in every defensive shift but in every roster move -- just four Rays have made million or more in a single season since 2008.Now "Moreyball" -- an up-tempo system that eschews midrange shots in favor of fast breaks and 3s -- is the NBA standard.The Sixers may be on the come, but "the Rockets continue to increase investment in analytics," Morey says, "and we try to stay ahead of the competition." With all due respect to Mr."He has a vision," says Sixers forward Robert Covington."We're going to turn this around." While not as drastic as the Sixers' scorched-earth model, Houston has made metrics the foundation of its revival.