There was an article in ESPN the Magazine about Terry Stotts and the Trail Blazers' commitment to advanced stats. I don't have the article to post, but I'll share some of the key insights. Terry Stotts is completely buying into the concept of incorporating advanced stats into how his team prepares. One example in the article was when Jared Jeffries was guarding David West versus Indiana. He had been told that if you force West to dribble twice before shooting that West's efficiency and effectiveness plummets. Jeffries decided to play tough man-to-man rather than sagging off, and in key situations he came up big defensively. They are also using advanced stats to prepare entire gameplans.
I think it could really turn into something lethal in a few years, and I'm glad that Portland is becoming a forward thinking front office. The main takeaway is that Stotts personally talks with the advanced stats gurus rather than letting the info get caught in a bottleneck. Many teams have advanced stats employees, but most don't have direct conversations between the coaching staffs and these employees. Portland has definitely bought in, and I'm sure it will help shape how Olshey builds the team moving forward. The NBA is moving toward advanced stats, and Portland could become the model franchise in regards to this movement.
I definitely recommend reading this article if you have access to the magazine. What kind of impact do you think this can have for Portland in the next few years? Personally, I think it will make our team a much smarter team, and Portland will be able to adapt versus different types of teams.