Entire NBA Game Movements, Visualized

The NBA recently announced that the players of all 30 teams—and the balls they use!—would have tracking devices installed to analyze player movements during games. Now, the first dribles of the fascinating data are available.

Fathom Information Design has taken a look at some of the early data from an Oklahoma City versus San Antonio game. The image above shows, in orange, the motion of the ball throughout the entire game. Interesting, if expected, but there's more to sink your teeth into.

Below are the movements of power forward Tim Duncan, for the entire game, who clearly sticks around the middle of the court:

Entire NBA Game Movements, Visualized

By comparison, shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha runs around the entire court way more:

Entire NBA Game Movements, Visualized

It's interesting stuff. You can see how this could prove extremely useful for analyzing play—both for officials and for teams wishing to improve tactics. But what data would you really like to see the most? [Fathom via Flowing Data]