GM Mitch Kupchak hired four staffers to comb through data from Sport VU cameras, which track player locations at a rate of 25 times per second, data that he says has "changed this whole business." Still, coach Byron Scott's open hostility toward the 3 -- the team ranks 25th in 3-point attempt rate -- demonstrates the Lakers' disbelief in implementing metrics on the court.With Rex Ryan as coach, the Jets remained well behind the analytics curve in a league that is barely keeping up in its own right.When Philly hired Sam Hinkie in May 2013, the team became a test case for the GM's plan: dump overvalued mediocrity, lose (a lot) with cheap role players and load up on picks.With five staffers devoted to picking apart the CBA, mining player health and minting theories on roster construction, Hinkie has topped his former boss, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, as the NBA's most ardent analytic master.Baseball America has called Miami "among the game's more scouting-orientated organizations," which is simply code for a non-sabermetric approach.GM Dan Jennings has a scouting background and new skipper Mike Redmond doesn't have an inclination for metrics, having spent most of his catching tenure with the Marlins and Twins, who are also analtyics skeptics.While the thrifty Marlins might have broken convention by shelling out 5-million for Giancarlo Stanton, they're still reluctant to spend big on sabermetrics.
Bowman says next-level metrics have given Chicago a sharp edge on a league that, like the NFL, is slow to adapt: "I use them a lot, but I don't talk about it a lot-it's not about me, it's about how it helps us." The Lakers infamously had the only NBA front office without a rep at the 2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and their old-school approach hasn't progressed much.Exhibit A: signing a 35-year-old coming off an Achilles tear to a two-year, .5 million extension.Analytics will always tell you that's a bad idea -- even if he's Kobe Bryant."He has a vision," says Sixers forward Robert Covington."We're going to turn this around." While not as drastic as the Sixers' scorched-earth model, Houston has made metrics the foundation of its revival.