A source has told LibertyBallers.com that the Sixers have hired Aaron Barzilai as their new director of analytics. Barzilai was previously a quantitative analyst for the Memphis Grizzlies and the founder of basketballvalue.com.
The Sixers are poised to make Aaron Barzilai their new director of analytics, a source familiar with the situation has told Liberty Ballers.
Barzilai was previously a quantitative analyst for the Memphis Grizzlies. He also founded the popular website basketballvalue.com, which is a great tool for looking up adjusted +/- and other statistics that look to quantify a players value while he is on the court.
Barzilai has also been published at other places such as 82games.com.
The news comes just days after Doug Collins talked about how he does not rely on advanced statistics all that much.
76ers owner Joshua Harris and general manager Tony DiLeo have been big proponents of increasing their usage of advanced statistics, with hiring a guy to oversea that one of the first things DiLeo mentioned when it was announced he would be the new general manager.
Barzilai is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Further updates will provide as they come in.
Update: Aaron Barzilai has released the following statements on basketballvalue's twitter page confirming the news: