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NBA D-League unveils groundbreaking analytic device

POSTED: Feb 14, 2014 11:18 AM ET

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— The National Basketball Association today announced that the NBA Development League is using groundbreaking performance analytic devices in games, and nearly 20 NBA teams are using the devices during practices this season. The NBA D-League is the first U.S. professional sports league to use performance analytic devices on players during numerous regular season games.

The small devices, which weigh one ounce, are worn by players under their jersey with either a small disc attached to their chest, or inside an undergarment pouch located between the shoulder blades. The NBA D-League's Bakersfield Jam, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and other teams have begun outfitting their players with the performance analytic devices.

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.

"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 performance analytic devices continue the NBA's use of the latest technology in advanced analytics. In February 2013, the NBA and SAP unveiled, the official NBA statistical destination providing fans with access to the league's entire statistical history - more than 4.5 quadrillion combinations of statistics.

Additionally, this season the NBA expanded its partnership with STATS to use SportVU player tracking technology in every NBA arena, becoming the first U.S. professional sports league to quantify and analyze every movement of live game action throughout the entire season.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory. The league features 17 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, with thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasting NBA D-League experience.