PatsSoxKnicks

04-15-2011, 03:50 PM

http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/14257/wall-street-journal-geeks-are-winners

The article is a bit old but it raises a good question: Why don't more teams employ statistical analysts?

From the article:

According to interviews with every team, The Wall Street Journal found that half the league's teams this season have at least one of these statisticians who helps make in-game, draft-day and trade-deadline decisions. Many of these teams are among the NBA's best. The list accounts for all six division leaders, including the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks, who have a data analyst traveling with the team. These 15 teams that have invested heavily in statistics have combined to win 59.3% of their games this season. The 15 teams without such analysts have won 40.7% of their games, and only three -- the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks -- are on pace to make the postseason.

The article was published way back on March 12th, so as I said, it is an old article. However, the Suns and Jazz didn't make the playoffs and were replaced by Memphis (who does employ analysts).

And the division leaders at that time (Chicago, Miami, Boston, SA, LA and OKC) haven't changed (all remained pretty constant throughout the season).

Now some part of this might be coincidence but thats a large difference in win % for the teams that have analysts and for the teams that don't.

Technology/analytics is a tool that can only help and I don't understand why so many are pushing back against this new wave.

To the mods: I realize this is a topic more appropriate for the NBA Stats forum but I want to get the opinions of everyone and not just the guys who go to the stats forum who are going to be in favor of this anyways.

The article is a bit old but it raises a good question: Why don't more teams employ statistical analysts?

From the article:

According to interviews with every team, The Wall Street Journal found that half the league's teams this season have at least one of these statisticians who helps make in-game, draft-day and trade-deadline decisions. Many of these teams are among the NBA's best. The list accounts for all six division leaders, including the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks, who have a data analyst traveling with the team. These 15 teams that have invested heavily in statistics have combined to win 59.3% of their games this season. The 15 teams without such analysts have won 40.7% of their games, and only three -- the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks -- are on pace to make the postseason.

The article was published way back on March 12th, so as I said, it is an old article. However, the Suns and Jazz didn't make the playoffs and were replaced by Memphis (who does employ analysts).

And the division leaders at that time (Chicago, Miami, Boston, SA, LA and OKC) haven't changed (all remained pretty constant throughout the season).

Now some part of this might be coincidence but thats a large difference in win % for the teams that have analysts and for the teams that don't.

Technology/analytics is a tool that can only help and I don't understand why so many are pushing back against this new wave.

To the mods: I realize this is a topic more appropriate for the NBA Stats forum but I want to get the opinions of everyone and not just the guys who go to the stats forum who are going to be in favor of this anyways.