Starting this season, the NBA has installed useful high-tech cameras in the rafters of every arena.
The mounted Sports VU devices track all player movement throughout the game, before sending the data to computers for processing.
It's the latest — and maybe greatest — addition to the league's progressive advanced statistical approach.
And even though we can't make definitive conclusions from a six-game sample size, let's take a look at some interesting Thunder-related data after two weeks:
Stat: Steven Adams gathers in 69.4 percent of contested rebounds
Takeaway: That's the best percentage in the NBA among guys who play 15 or more minutes per game. And it gives us definitive proof to what we think we're seeing: OKC's rookie center is fantastic on the glass, using his big body and strong hands in traffic to pull down rebounds in a crowd.
Stat: Russell Westbrook possesses the ball for 6.0 minutes per game.
Takeaway: You'd expect the top of this list to be point guard heavy. And it is. The first 27 are all PGs. So, more interesting than Westbrook's 6.0 mpg number is where that places him. Westbrook is 12th. John Wall (7.8 mpg), Chris Paul (7.5 mpg) and Damian Lillard (6.9 mpg) make up the top three.
Stat: Nick Collison travels 3.5 miles per 48 minutes
Takeaway: Per 48 minutes, that's currently the most on this Thunder team. Part of it may have to do with the small sample size, but some of it likely has to do with Collison's style of play. He's a high-energy big man in constant motion, rotating well on defense and used in a variety of ways on offense. Russell Westbrook is right behind him at 3.4 miles per 48 minutes. Spurs guard Patty Mills (3.9 mpg) is first in the league among rotation players.
Stat: Kevin Durant scores 4.8 points per game on drives
Takeaway: Drives are officially described as any touch that starts at least 20 feet from the hoop and is dribbled within 10 feet, excluding fast breaks. And though Durant's 4.8 number is 13th in the NBA, it is first among non-guards. In other words, 6-foot-11 guys aren't supposed to be near the top of this list. Monta Ellis leads the league at a lofty 9.3 ppg on drives.