The NBA D-League announced that they will utilize performance analytic devices during games. The one-ounce devices will be worn under the jerseys, affixed to the players chest or inside an undergarment pouch.
Four D-League teams have adopted the technology. The D-League expects the other 13 teams to implement the technology before the end of this season.
Per the official release:
During games the devices will be beneficial for maximizing player performance and health by generating individual player data on cardiovascular exertion, musculoskeletal intensity, fatigue, rate of acceleration and deceleration, number of jumps, and distance run and direction, among other things. Additional NBA D-League teams are expected to adopt the technology before the end of the season.
20 NBA teams incorporate the devices during practices, but they have yet to institute the technology during regular season games.
“As the research and development arm of the NBA, the NBA D-League is the perfect place to unveil innovative performance analytic devices in-game,” said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. “The revolutionary data captured gives teams a new opportunity to maximize on-court productivity while optimizing player health and peak player performance – key elements to player development and team success.”
The NBA’s partnership with STATS, along with performance analytic technology, are just the first baby steps in cultivating a more nuanced understanding of player health — which, up until a few years ago, was an untenable realm of analytics. Now it’s a full-fledged reality.