Updated NBA 'Moneyball' Rankings

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Updated NBA 'Moneyball' Rankings
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Shane Battier has embraced the use of advanced analytics ever since his days with the Rockets.

Not everybody likes it, but analytics are taking root in the NBA.

More and more advanced statistics are being created and used as a way to evaluate players and teams. It's happening relatively slowly, but the use of these stats is permeating through all levels of the NBA—from the front offices to the fans themselves.

One of the challenges stat gurus face is trying to convince non-believers (like Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins) that these new stats have merit. But, with people like Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey leading the charge, advanced statistics are coming to be accepted and trusted by many involved with the NBA.

As ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz explained, there's a reason that the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference—basically the biggest analytics-based sports conference in the world—has suddenly become popular. People are starting to realize that there might be something to this stat stuff. And beyond that, people are starting to use these stats to get a real edge.


All stats accurate as of 3/23/2013

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