The Mountain West this year is the first to use ShotTracker technology for all of its men’s and women’s conference games, and the NBA this year began testing connected basketballs from different companies during its Summer League in Las Vegas. This fall, the minor league NBA G League will include such balls in games. The “smart ball” games are a laboratory for the NBA. If the system works, expect to see it used in the NBA itself in a couple of years.
Talks are under way with the player union to amend the collective bargaining agreement to allow players to be equipped with a motion-tracking sensor that will fuel a galaxy of new information for coaches, players, trainers, fans, broadcasters, fantasy players and gamblers.