NORTHBROOK, Ill. (STATS) - Over 19,000 fans were in attendance Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, and they saw one of the best shooting performances ever witnessed at the world's most famous arena.
So were six SportVU cameras.
And while opinions no doubt varied among the crowd as to where Stephen Curry's offensive exhibition stood in the annals of Garden history, the data the SportVU system was instantaneously tabulating lacked any element of subjectivity.
For those unfamiliar with NBA teams' version of next-generation statistics, a quick primer: the technological guts of STATS' SportVU product were originated in Israeli military optical tracking initiatives before finding an unlikely but intriguing fit - with a few modifications, of course - in advanced sports analytics.
Half of the NBA's 30 clubs now subscribe to the service, which includes a half-dozen cameras strategically placed above the court, monitoring all the action in three dimensions. Instantaneously, they str...