As if there were not already enough statistics in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns have decided to take it to a new level.
In a league that is flooded with statistics from the simple points, assists and rebounds to the more advanced Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares, the Phoenix Suns have somehow managed to take it to another level.
In what appears to to be a completely pointless exercise - although the franchise argues there is a science behind their tracking - the Western Conference organisation will be tracking high fives throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
Yes, you read that right.
Head coach Earl Watson said: “We have a high-five stat. I’m being honest with you. This is true. So we want to keep track of how many high-fives we get per game to each other.”
In 2015, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkley, Dacher Keltner, tracked fist bumps, hugs and high fives from one game for each NBA team and came to a surprising conclusion.
He said :“Controlling for how much money they’re making, the expectations that they would do well during that season, how well they were doing in that game. Not only did they win more games but there’s really nice basketball statistics of how selfless the play is.”