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Orlando Magic Become First NBA Team to use AI to Track College Players

The Orlando Magic are dipping into AI to get an edge on their competition.

On Monday, the team announced an exclusive deal, making them the first NBA franchise to acquire access to AutoSTATS, a new artificial intelligence from STATS.

“When we saw the power of AutoSTATS, we were immediately drawn to the benefits this data can provide in our draft decision making process,” said Jeff Weltman, President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic. “Now, instead of using data from just a handful of games, we will be able to make our draft decisions with data from every collegiate game a potential draft pick has played.”

The Magic will employ AutoSTATS to track collegiate players in order to improve their own evaluation of players and decision making leading up to the NBA Draft. With AI tracking data, the Magic will have access to the college tracking data which is currently unavailable at the current scale due to a lack of in-venue tracking systems.

Since Weltman arrived to Orlando from Toronto, it’s very clear to see that the franchise is starting to plant seeds for future success.



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