The Toronto Raptors also rely on artificial intelligence to win the NBA finals

Basketball was invented by a Canadian more than 120 years ago. Of course, over the years, there have been many changes to the rules of the sport. But what few people know is that today, the combination of advances in video, sensor technology and artificial intelligence is disrupting how this more than 100-year-old sport is played.

Less than 10 years ago, the NBA installed a video system in each team’s arena, and to this day those video systems record all information about the players’ movements and gestures and the ball’s trajectory. Every bit of data is captured, from the position of the scoring player, to the type of throw the player used, to the speed at which the ball entered the basket. While in the past this data was manually processed, artificial intelligence has now greatly simplified and perfected the task, giving fans real time stats and analyses to enhance their enjoyment of the game as it happens.

Obviously, coaches are primarily able to use this information to their advantage during the game, but this wealth of useful information also helps coaches customize their improvement plans for each player and for the team as a whole.

There’s no doubt about it—for the Raptors and the NBA, the digital revolution is an MVP!

Bernard Risi