The Downbeat #1123: Big Brother Is ALWAYS Watching Edition

USA TODAY Sports

Teams in the NBA will be tracking every movement a player makes. Eat your heart out NSA.

On ESPN.com, Bradford Doolittle listed Enes Kanter as one of the top 5 Breakout Players of 2013-2014.

#5 Enes Kanter

You can make an argument for Kanter or teammate Derrick Favors to be listed here, as both are expected to move into full-blown starting roles. For Favors, it's a matter of proving he can cut his off-the-bench foul rate without losing any of the aggressiveness that makes him an elite offensive rebounder. Kanter simply needs to do what he's been doing as a reserve. Last season, he averaged 16.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 54.4 percent from the field -- all at the age of 20. Look out.

The folks at Basketball-Reference.com agree.  This is their projection for Kanter next year.

Or as Al Jefferson said about Kanter and Favors, "Them boys are gonna be the truth!"

Ronnie Brewer finally landed with a team.  I still miss Ronnie and his back door cuts to the basket.  In Jerry's system he was amazing.  I doubt he will ever reclaim the glory that he had while in Utah, but, in the meantime, I still root for him.  It looks like he landed with the Rockets.  ESPN reported it.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets struck an agreement Monday on a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the defensive specialist, who played for the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

It has been well known that a lot of the team has been in Santa Barbara working out a P3 over the past week.  It seems their workouts this week have come to an end.

We're getting even closer to the season.  The next time these guys are at P3 they might be joined by the whole Utah Jazz squad including Rudy Gobert.

Come get it while it's hot!!!

There will be 8 teams that will use a movement tracking device next season.  They will be embedded in the jerseys.  NBA.com says:

Sports, science and technology are converging at an all-time pace and eight NBA teams are experimenting with a new device designed to optimize and personalize training regiments, thus the ability to maximize performance and reduce injury.

The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, plus four other teams that have chosen to keep their identities secret, have invested in these complex GPS tracking devices created by the Australian company Catapult Sports, the self-professed leader in “athlete analytics.”

“We just want to be able to get smarter about our players and how to train them and how to put them in a position to succeed,” said Mavs owner Mark Cuban. “So that's just one component of a lot of different things that we're doing.”

I have a feeling the Utah Jazz are one of those 8 teams that are trying this technology out seeing as Dennis Lindsey has just recently come from the San Antonio Spurs.  I guess we'll have to see if there's a little green light that lights up in the shoulder of the Jazz's jerseys.

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