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    What is Player Tracking?
    Player Tracking is the latest example of how technology and statistics are changing the way we understand the game of basketball.

    Using six cameras installed in the catwalks of every NBA arena, SportVU software tracks the movements of every player on the court and the basketball 25 times per second. The data collected provides a plethora of innovative statistics based around speed, distance, player separation and ball possession. Some examples include: how fast a player moves, how far he traveled during a game, how many touches of the ball he had, how many passes he threw, how many rebounding chances he had and much more.

    The information will be available to fans on NBA.com and NBA TV.
    Do you remember those cameras that were installed by SportVU last year in some arenas and could calculate the way a defender should react to a certain play? I'm pretty sure that we had a topic on that last year. In any case, Player Tracking is about this. Those cameras will record and collect tons of data that were never previously recorded. I'm so stoked about this.

    Here is the link -> http://stats.nba.com/playerTracking.html

    So, let's all see how our players have ranked in these new statistical goodies (I will mention them if they are top 15). The major categories will be indicated by bold letters while the sub-categories will be underlined. Of course, when one of our players is in a very high position I will use bold as well.

    Speed and Distance:

    Distance Traveled (total miles):

    Paul George is #1 with 5.3 miles.

    Lance Stephenson is tied at #13 with 4.8 miles

    Average Speed (mph):

    Paul George is tied at #10 at 4.1 mph.

    Touches and Possessions:

    Touches per Game:

    George Hill is #5 with 78 touches.

    Paul George is #7 with 76 touches.

    Front Court Touches per Game:

    George Hill is tied at #13 with 68.5 touches (along with LeBron).

    Elbow Touches per Game:

    David West is #5 with 10.5 touches.

    Passing:

    No Pacer is in the top 15 of any passing sub-category. Our best ranking is George Hill in the sub-category "Passes per Game" at #18 with 61 passes. An ex-Pacer ranks very high in this category. I'm talking about Josh McRoberts who is #6 with 77 passes (and I guess that this he is even higher now since he had 8 assists in tonight's game that is not yet registered in the database).

    Defensive Impact:

    Opponents FG% at Rim:

    Roy Hibbert is #2 with a 26.3% percentage. Opponents attempt 9.5 Field Goals per Game at Rim against Roy and they only connect on 2.5 of those attempts.

    Ian Mahinmi is #6 with a 36.8% percentage. Opponents attempt 9.5 Field Goals per Game at Rim against Ian and they only connect on 3.5 of those attempts.

    David West is #7 with a 37.5% percentage. Opponents attempt 8 Field Goals per Game at Rim against David and they only connect on 3 of those attempts.

    Ex-Pacer Miles Plumlee is #3 with a 28.6% percentage. Opponents attempt 14 attempts against Miles and they only connect on 4 of those.

    Rebounding Opportunities:

    Percentage of Rebounds per Chance:

    Lance Stephenson is #2 with 83.3%. The only player that posts a better percentage among the league's top rebounders is DeMarcus Cousins at 93.3%.

    Roy Hibbert is #9 with 69%.

    Ex-Pacer Miles Plumlee is #3 with 78.9%.

    Contested Rebounds per Game:

    Roy Hibbert is tied at #6 with 6 contested rebounds (along with Miles).

    Contested Rebounds Percentage:

    Roy Hibbert is #2 with 60%.

    Drives:

    Total Drives:

    Paul George is #9 with 12 drives.

    FG% on Drives:

    Paul George is tied at #2 with 75%.

    Total Player PTS on Drives:

    Paul George is tied at #2 with 10 points.

    Team PPG on Drives:

    Paul George is tied at #6 with 10 PPG.

    Catch and Shoot:

    Catch and Shoot Total Points:

    Paul George is tied at #6 with 15 points.

    Catch and Shoot FG%:

    Lance Stephenson is tied at #6 with 66.7%.

    Luis Scola is tied at #8 with 62.5%.

    Catch and Shoot 3p%:

    Lance Stephenson is tied at #5 66.7%.

    Paul George is tied at #14 with 50%.

    Catch and Shoot eFG%:

    Lance Stephenson is tied at #2 with a 100% eFG (Paul Pierce has a catch and shoot 110% eFG currently).

    Paul George is tied at #13 with a 75% eFG.

    Pull Up:

    Pull Up Shots Total Points:

    Paul George is tied at #2 with 20 Pull Up points (along with CP3).

    Now, the sample size is super small at this moment. So, those numbers do not tell us huge things at the moment since only a handful of games have been played so far. But it will be extremely interesting to watch those numbers as the season goes on.

    Personally, I'm extremely stoked about it
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    Love this! Thanks.

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    Good stuff. Will be interesting to check this out mid-season.
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    David West is actually a good defender.

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    David West is actually a good defender.
    Several metrics have indicated that he is a pretty good post defender. He also has very active hands and causes a number of deflections. I still remember David's two crucial defensive stops in game 2 of the ECF.
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