The NBA is taking the next step toward creating a study bible that will serve as the blueprint for how to implement its analytics initiatives, including its new analytics initiative.
The league’s analytics director, Dave Yost, told reporters Wednesday that the league is now in a position to begin compiling and distributing a document with recommendations for what would be required to implement a future analytics initiative, and for how the league might use that initiative in the future.
The NBA, which has long struggled to get its collective act together, has been working on a study-bible-like document for a few months.
A group of analytics experts and league insiders worked out a plan last year for how they could get together a blueprint for the league’s future analytics effort.
But there were still some challenges, including the fact that the document had not yet been released.
The study bible will be produced in a draft format, and the first draft will include recommendations for how best to incorporate analytics into NBA basketball, Yost said.
The draft will be conducted before the league unveils its new uniforms in the fall.
The draft document, which will also include recommendations on how the analytics team can better support its players, will be used by teams and the players to guide their strategies and use of analytics tools, Yampols said.
“There will be an outline of the strategy and the strategy will be reflected in the plan,” Yampuls said.
Yampols added that the draft will not include recommendations about what the league should do to enhance its performance on the court.
Instead, the draft document will be intended to provide an outline to help the league and players develop their own strategies for advancing their respective analytics initiatives.
“The NBA is going to use the draft to provide a blueprint,” Yast said.
“I think we’re in a great place.”
Yampuls also said that the NBA will be working with other leagues to develop similar guidelines that could be shared with the rest of the world.
Yost declined to say how much money the league will spend on the study-book, saying the league would not announce any specifics about the study yet.
But Yampos said the league could be spending $10 million or more to develop the study.
Yast said that although the NBA’s goal is to have a studybook that will be available for everyone to use, the league has not yet decided whether the draft draft format would be the optimal way to achieve this goal.
The basketball league has long sought to become more accessible to outside experts, and has been in the process of creating a new website, which is now open for comment.
The league’s former chief data officer, Tom Vasel, said he believed the NBA should adopt a study book format as part of its efforts to be more accessible.
The report bible could also be used to help identify ways the league can use the new uniforms to improve its analytics effort, Yast added.
“We’re going to be doing some kind of study to get a baseline,” Yost told reporters.
“And as we go through the season, we’ll take those baseline and look at what we can improve.”