Zach Lowe of Grantland looks at how SportVU — an advanced camera-tracking system that records every move on the floor in an NBA game — is changing basketball. This is some next-level “moneyball” type stuff, but one particularly interesting note:
It’s not a coincidence that the only team that consistently mirrors the help defense of its ghosts is Miami, Rucker says. The Heat have three of the best wing defenders in the league in Shane Battier, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, and the latter two are among the NBA’s most gifted pure athletes. James can mimic DeRozan’s hyperactive ghost in a way no other player can, Rucker says. “LeBron basically messes up the system and the ghosts,” Rucker says. “He does things that are just unsustainable for most players.”
Such as lead a team back from down 27 in the third quarter to win their 24th game in a row.