Video Analysis with the Argentinian National Basketball Team

By Duncan Ritchie

18-August-2021 on Users

9 minute read

Behind every successful team there lies a group dedicated coaches. The Argentinian basketball squad is living proof of this. Here we have a team which has managed to stay at the very top of their game for two generations. In the past few years, this level of quality has taken them to the finals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, where they were beaten by Spain, and to the quarter finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


In this article, we’ll focus on the men’s team which has been led by Sergio Hernández and his staff since 2017. The team is composed of coaches and analysts such as Gabriel Picatto, Maximiliano Seigorman, Juan Gatti and Silvio Santander. Additionally, in preparation for events such as the Tokyo Olympics, this core team is augmented by Argentinian basketball legend Pablo Prigioni, as in the recent training camp in Las Vegas.


So, let’s take a closer look at the video analysis work being done by this great team...

Note: This article has been illustrated with tweets taken from the official account of the Argentinian Basketball Federation. We have provided translations below each tweet in italics.


Good Organisation Is Key


One of the key factors to the success of the Argentine team is the distribution of the workload and making good use of the limited time they have, especially during short tournaments with multiple games such as the World Cup or the Olympics. 


The structure of their video analysis is as follows: Juan Gatti performs individual analysis, Maxi Seigorman takes on the collective analysis of the team, Gabriel Picatto is responsible for data and statistics and, least but not least, Silvio Santander is in charge of the post-match analysis. Obviously, to this list of tasks we must add the work which is done with players during each training session.


The entire staff team reports back to Sergio Hernández to share their impressions and conclusions from the work carried out during the session. The coach is always kept well informed about the progress of the team.


Silvio Santander, Gabriel Piccato, Maxi Seigorman, Juan Gatti and Pablo Prigioni working in the meeting room, advancing their opposition analysis during Tokyo 2020.


Teamwork Is Essential


It might seem obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant...working as a team is extremely important. This is reiterated by the coaching staff themselves. Ego, personal aspirations and individual objectives must take a backseat and the collective benefit is pushed to the forefront.


Of the four assistant coaches, Silvio Santander is the person who keeps in closest contact with Sergio Hernández. He is also the person who presents to the players during video analysis sessions. 


As the coaches explain, it’s better to have a single, powerful voice as opposed to a muddled cacophony.


Some of the coaching staff in the stadium watching the United States vs Czech Republic and looking forward to the match. Argentina needs a USA win, to get as many points as possible.


Phases of Analysis


The Argentinians divide their video analysis into three distinct phases: individual, team and opposition analysis.


Individual Analysis


Before focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of their opponent, Hernández’s staff concentrate on the performance of the individual members of their own team. 


Both games and training sessions are analysed with the aim of reinforcing what is being done well and correcting what can be improved.


Although a continuous process, this work is especially important in the run up to a major competition. Juan Gatti is the person in charge of this analysis.


Team Analysis


Of course, individual analysis goes hand in hand with the analysis of the entire team. 


Working on improving the group at the collective level is something which is extremely important to the Argentinians. Unity and strength is the goal.


Every game and training session is analysed, a task which falls to Maximiliano Seigorman.


Opposition Analysis


In addition to the analysis of their own team, the Argentinians also perform an exhaustive analysis of their upcoming opposition. This task is done as far in advance as possible and is often carried out by closely observing friendlies or, during a competition, other games the opponent has been involved in.


Silvio Santander is charged with this task and, as much as possible, he will attend the opponents game live in order to observe crucial aspects of the game such as communication and reaction to the environment. As well as this type of analysis, Santander also compiles all the data from the other analysts and filters it for presentation to Sergio Hernández.


Head Coach: Sergio Santos Hernández. Born: 1st of November, 1963. Record with Argentina: 83 victories, 29 losses.

Assistant Coaches. Silvio Santander. Born: 19th of January, 1972. Juan Gati. Born: 19th of January, 1981. Maximiliano Seigorman. Born: 31st of January, 1977. Gabriel Piccato. Born: 20th of December, 1971. 


In addition to these three phases of analysis, all the data and statistics from every game, whether that be Argentina or their opponent, is collected by the assistant coach, Gabriel Picatto.


Intensive Work Schedule


Although they admit that there’s no secret formula for knowing exactly how many hours may be needed to complete a good video analysis, they do tell us that there are occasional days which end up being marathon sessions. The Argentinian staff leave nothing to chance and, especially during a competition, they spend many hours working on scenarios that may occur during a game. For this reason, good anticipation and working in advance are supremely important.


To this end, Maxi Seigorman registers and analyses with Nacsport in real time, with plays being closely observed. If in a training session he observes something which needs to be corrected, this may be addressed on the spot.


Juan Gatti also speaks about the depth of analysis afforded to him by Nacsport. He affirms that the software allows him real depth and control of everything that happens in both games and training sessions. Unsurprisingly, this means that video clips and data are available for review at the end of session.


On-court analysis during training. Video analysis of team plays and individual behaviour.


Live Analysis


Argentina’s video work does not end after a training session or post-match. Games are filmed and plays registered in real time so that they can be reviewed in the locker room during breaks in play.


The assistants always have a maximum of three clips prepared from the first half which Sergio Hernández reviews and decides whether or not to show them to the players.


Throughout their analysis work, the team works with templates which can be easily used by every member of staff, right down to physical trainers. These templates are focused not only on team performance but also on personal development. At the end of each training session, several clips are sent to each player so they can see their weaknesses and start improving on them.


In short, the many hours of work and dedication from the analysis team has paid off. Between 2017 and 2021, they haven’t only contributed to the great results of the Argentinian national team, but also aided the development of many players in the team.

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