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NBA Global Scout Set to Change the Face of Basketball Player Evaluation

The NBA is more international than ever before with superstars from all across the world.

Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece. NBA champion Pascal Siakam from Cameroon. Luka Doncic, one of the league’s biggest rising stars, a native of Slovenia.

The league is diverse.

It’s multi-cultural, with incredible talent coming from all walks of life. Furthermore, plenty more talent is being discovered each year in camps, showcases, and basketball academies.

Scouting remains a very prevalent aspect of the sport and the NBA is investing in new technology to ensure no stone goes unturned. The league hopes to provide every player with the opportunity to be seen and for each of their talents to get noticed by league scouts and officials.

At the NBA’s All-Star Tech Summit, the league unveiled NBA Global Scout, a mobile, AI-powered marker-less motion capture app that allows players from all across the world to record their measurables – such as wingspan, height, vertical leap, agility, and much more. The collected data will be stored in a database which will be accessible by NBA scouts who will use the app as a valuable resource to aid in the organization’s player evaluation efforts.

“We see the possibilities here as essentially creating the LinkedIn for elite basketball,” said NBA chief innovation officer Amy Brooks during All-Star Weekend. “In the short term, it starts with profile and anthropometric and agility metrics. In the long term, there’s even more possibilities when it comes to game video from players, tracking data, highlights, and more, just aggregated profiles of complete basketball players. Scouting is resource-intensive, and it will be fantastic both for the NBA and elite players globally to make the discovery process more seamless using technology.”

Global Scout is the evolution of player evaluation and an absolute game-changer that will change the way NBA teams think about scouting.

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