One of my sources think they might be.
This is pretty cool stuff if you are into the stats aspect of basketball. There is a chart on the last link below that shows Jason Kidd's passing distribution. How many times he passed to each player. How many field goal attempts they took off of those passes. How many field goals each player scored off of Kidd's pass. What the player's FG% was on those passes. The actual system shows a lot more than above including the location of the player and refs at the time of the plays. Frames are recorded at 25 photos per second and processed within 60 seconds.
NBA Finals: NBA tracking future of statistics new optical tracking system in use by 10 NBA teams, including the Thunder, provides a deeper look at players' movements on court and more data to analyze.
In one game against the Boston Celtics in February, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook dribbled the ball 645 times. In another game in March, Kevin Durant ran 3.34 miles during a double overtime game against the Timberwolves.
These are the kinds of detailed NBA statistics that people may soon see and analyze as more teams start using the company STATS' advanced tracking system known as SportVu, a system developed in Israel using technology originally for tracking missiles.
SportVU Hoops Solutions
From the Fitbit to the FuelBand, fitness-tracking technology is trickling down to the consumer level, but the big guns are still with who'd you expect: the pros. FastCoDesign takes a look at SportVu, a system that uses webcams — and algorithms derived from a missile-tracking system — to provided nuanced and detailed analytics for NBA teams. Owned by Stats, a company that provides statistical data to ESPN and CBS, the SportVu system records the location of the players and refs on the court, and the the location of the ball in three-dimensional space, 25 times per second. Results can be processed and stats produced in less than 60 seconds. SportVu is currently installed in just 10 NBA arenas, but with spatial analysis clearly an important trend in sports analytics we only expect to see more of these systems in coming years