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SBD/February 15, 2013/Media
What's Your Number? NBA, SAP Debut New Statistical Engine Online
Published February 15, 2013
DEVIL IN THE DETAILS: In N.Y., Howard Beck reports the system “graphically displays every player’s shooting tendencies,” and allows fans to “analyze and compare lineup combinations.” The NBA’s site for the first time “includes advanced metrics -- like true shooting percentage, usage rate and defensive efficiency -- that have been available on other sites for years.” A version of the statistics tool “was created six years ago, for exclusive use by NBA teams.” The league last February “opened it up to reporters and bloggers who cover the league, as a sort of beta test,” and now fans “will have access.” NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver, who will succeed Commissioner David Stern next February, was a “major driving force behind the project.” Hellmuth: “Adam wanted to surface all of this information so fans could digest it the way they wanted to, so they could have their own view of the history of the NBA and their own look into their favorite team. We didn’t want to keep it behind a curtain; we wanted to expose it” (N.Y. TIMES, 2/15).