The LA Times has a leaflet map viewer app showing all 30,699 shots in Kobe Bryant's career. It seems like spatial analysis could be useful for certain coaching decisions. Are any coaches actually using GIS tools?
Update I see the NY Times has published some even more impressive analytical tools, based on work by Prof Kirk Goldsberry.
Also, BasketBallreference.com has heatmaps, like this one for Kobe.
I wonder if coaches try to get in the zone the way players do. If so, would tools like these be a distraction?
Or does the color phi phenomenon prove that flow is an illusion?
SportVu collects the data. I don't think they were around when Kobe began his career.