If you're confused, what I mean by this is that the NBA, a league with serious incentives to reward the league's worst teams, has reportedly created a clandestine culture of developing ways to make rebuilding teams as awful as possible as efficiently as possible, hopefully in ways that won't piss off league executives - though teams may have struck a nerve with this latest development.
So, while said league executives furiously work at ways to prevent such intentional losing (a.k.a. tanking) through finessing draft rules and rest days, team general managers are also at work developing ways to combat those measures. Enter analytics - rank and file fans are only starting to come around to the approach that has been shaping league decisions with nearly every club in the league for the better part of a decade.
A lack of understanding clouded by people using them wrong proved an early barrier to their adoption, but once people realized it's merely making the "eye test" relatable and thereby operationable through proper usage of the best measurements, it really caught on - particularly when it started translating to wins. And in a league that incentives losing as well as winning, it was only a matter of time teams turned the tool to this end, if the video above is to be believed.
What are your thoughts? Is the league likely to become better or worse from such a technique? Should it be banned? Does any of this even matter? Is measuring things stupid no matter why you do it? Let us know in the comments below. For more stories by Justin, click here.