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Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches

By The Wall Street Journal

July 24, 2019

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Professional basketball teams are starting to use computers and advanced data analytics to help perfect players' jump shots.

Computerized systems such as HomeCourt, RSPCT, and Noah keep a comprehensive record of a range of data about every shot taken.

For example, the National Basketball Association (NBA) uses Noah at the draft combine to evaluate players.

Noah relies on a machine learning algorithm, trained on more than 20 million shots, to make reliable predictions from limited samples. If a player takes just 50 shots at the combine, a three-dimensional profile of those shots reveals more about the players ability than simply their shooting percentage.

Said John Carter, CEO of Noah Basketball, “The most common quote I hear, whether it's a middle-school coach, high-school coach, college or NBA, is that today's players will not argue with a computer."

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