With the NBA incorporating the new SportVU player tracking data this season, the amount of analytics for tracking players and teams just continues to expand. What started with the basic box score, moved into advanced statistics like measuring a team’s offensive and defensive rating on a basis of 100 possessions. For those that have access, the Synergy database also tracks individual plays on a points per possession model.
On Thursday before the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, I asked Blazers head coach Terry Stotts about some of the player tracking data specific to the his opponent, the Spurs, while I was also curious to see if the players themselves look at the data to assess their individual games, hence conversing with Danny Green.
My question to Stotts: The Spurs have had a few games where seven or more players have touched the ball 40 or more times in a game. Are the Spurs one of the tougher teams to prepare for because of their ball movement?
“With or without that stat, yeah,” agreed Stotts of the Spurs’ ability to spread the basketball. “They move the ball well. They continue to play throughout the shot clock.”no comments