01/02/13 8:44 am EST
Around the NBA, you’ve seen teams hiring their own stat guru’s to better evaluate talent based on their findings. Early in December, the Memphis Grizzlies hired ESPN’s highly popular analyst, John Hollinger, as their Vice President of Basketball Operations. At the beginning of the season, the Sixers hired Aaron Barzilai, creator of the website basketballvalue.com, as the team’s director of analytics.
The most famous stat-guy in the front offices of an NBA team is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. He was the first NBA general manager to be hired through the Moneyball concept of thinking. This past offseason, he famously signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while also trading for James Harden. The Rockets are now one of the most intriguing and exciting teams to watch in the League, currently holding the NBA’s second-best offense.
Being relatively new to the subject of advanced statistics I couldn’t think of a better way to both enlighten myself about the topic and to give readers a better understanding as well then to interview one of the more popular number-crunchers out there today.