Applying 3D Modeling to Player Performance

STATS, the world leader in sports intelligence, has created a new tracking and analysis method that has powerful applications in terms of determining the future success of sports teams. Using 3D mapping to plot players’ every movement, each shot, step, dunk, or pass can be captured in detail not seen before. This data tells the full story of the game – which position had the highest likelihood of scoring points, why a certain style was successful or how a blocked pass could be avoided in the future.

Bringing Design to Performance Analysis

STATS became the leader in sports intelligence by being the pioneer of live sports data. We strive to continue to innovate in the sports industry and our latest effort has focused on the design of our new products. STATS has engaged with our customers and partners in Design Thinking during the creation of our new products to gather instant feedback.

Long Live the Long Ball

Gone are the days of offenses dominating the major leagues. We’ve moved from the high-scoring, PED-fueled era of the early 2000s to a game that’s more focused on power pitching, specialized bullpens and a shift (often quite literally) in defensive intelligence. After scoring reached an all-time high with more than 10 runs per game in 1999 and 2000, it settled well below 9.0 per since 2010 before finishing just a shade under that last year.

Telling Better Stories through Data

As the saying goes, “Numbers don’t lie,” right? It turns out that phrase isn’t wholly true, especially when those numbers are telling a story concerning sports. Take the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Brazil. While Germany took home the win, Brazil far outstripped them in total shots, shots on target, saves, dangerous attacks and deliveries in pen area – typical indicators of a high win probability. Brazil’s likelihood of winning appeared greater because those numbers are missing one key piece: context.

Analyzing a Potential NBA Finals Rematch

Before the season began, the Warriors (86 percent) and the Cavs (48 percent) had the best chances of earning the top seeds in their respective conferences, per FiveThirtyEight. As of February 17, right before All-Star weekend, both teams’ probabilities had increased to 95 percent and 77 percent. The highly desired NBA Finals rematch was looking promising.