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Basketball Looking To One-Up Moneyball

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Cameras high above the court allow analysts to monitor every move a player makes. (Getty Images)

Cameras high above the court allow analysts to monitor every move a player makes. (Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBS DC) – Basketball players are used to being scrutinized on the court, but maybe not quite like this.

Six cameras high above the court record data that contains multiple angles of every jump, block, pass and dunk.

The raw data is translated into a series of graphics, then into statistics that measure performance in dozens of categories, like the number of touches on the ball to passes and assists.

Brian Kopp says his company, Stats, has developed this new technology to revolutionize the way superstars are measured.

“Those cameras are … locating the players and the ball,” he said. “And they’re doing it 25 times a second.”

Kopp added that the cameras are based on “military missile tracking technology.”

Kopp hopes the system gives NBA teams a better bang for their buck, similar to how baseball’s Oakland A’s used their revolutionary “Moneyball” system in the last decade.

Brett Greenberg tells CBS News his job as the Washington Wizard’s director of basketball analytics is to turn all that information into a gameplan.

“We basically filter it down into what we think are the most important pieces of information to give the coaches, to give the players,” he said. “How they’re moving. When they’re strong, when they’re not strong. We can’t give away all our secrets.”

Garrett Temple of the Washington Wizards says he’s looking forward to seeing how the new system could help him improve his play.

“I think its more positives than negatives, you know, you can analyze a guy. How much work he’s doing on the court, how much effort he’s putting forth,” he said.

The cameras have been installed in all 30 NBA arenas.

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