So far, Bryant has been worth minus-0.2 win shares since last season and is modeling suits courtside with a torn right rotator cuff.
To be fair, the Lakers are waking up, if late, to the movement.
San Antonio was also an original subscriber to Sport VU cameras, which track player-location data at a rate of 25 times per second, data that has optimized Gregg Popovich's emphasis on resting aging stars for deep playoff runs.
Henry whiffed on hiring Billy Beane but landed like-minded sabermetricians Bill James and Tom Tippett and made wunderkind Theo Epstein GM.Using Moneyball means, the Sox have since won three crowns, spending smartly on overlooked stars, valuing OBP and slugging over batting average, and abusing opponents' rotations by milking at-bats and raising pitch counts.Sure, the Yanks' 22 straight winning seasons owe, in part, to deep pockets.ESPN The Magazine and unleashed our experts and an army of researchers to rate 122 teams on the strength of each franchise's analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.After looking at the stats, reaching out to every team and dozens of informed sources and evaluating each front office, we ranked an overall top 10 and bottom 10 and placed each team in one of five tiers by sport.Still, even after Oakland's brain drain -- Mets VP Paul De Podesta ("Peter Brand" in the movie) and Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi -- Beane continues to thrive with buy-in from manager Bob Melvin, whose teams have averaged 93 wins a season since '12 and ranked No. Now the Hawks, with two Stanley Cups in that span, are seen as pioneers in Corsi and Fenwick ratings, which value players by possessions, not points.Bowman says next-level metrics have given Chicago a sharp edge on a league that, like the NFL, is slow to adapt: "I use them a lot, but I don't talk about it a lot-it's not about me, it's about how it helps us." The Lakers infamously had the only NBA front office without a rep at the 2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and their old-school approach hasn't progressed much.During their run of five titles in 16 years, the Spurs paved the way for several analytical tenets now gospel in the NBA, the foremost being that the corner 3 is the game's most efficient shot.They've taken more and made more than any other team in the past decade.Baseball America has called Miami "among the game's more scouting-orientated organizations," which is simply code for a non-sabermetric approach.GM Dan Jennings has a scouting background and new skipper Mike Redmond doesn't have an inclination for metrics, having spent most of his catching tenure with the Marlins and Twins, who are also analtyics skeptics.