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NBA Could Win Big With Advanced Analytics

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BethSchultz   11/7/2012 4:38:32 PM
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@mnorth -- this is a good reminder that good data doesn't make great leaders. And, I love your Syndrome analogy. You can't go wrong citing a Pixar classic!

 



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mnorth   11/7/2012 3:53:14 PM
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Nearly a decade ago, Nicholas Carr published a controversial article in the Harvard Business Review called IT Doesn't Matter.  In the article, Carr essentially argues for the case presented by the villain Syndrome in Pixar's The Incredibles:  "When everyone's super, no one will be!"

When everyone has access to technology, then technology doesn't give you an edge.  When every team has a front office anaylitics department (or person ;-), it doesn't give that team a competitive advantage.  Effectively, that's what the argument is.

I think about the Moneyball story (via Michael Lewis/Brad Pitt).  When the Oakland A's made the playoffs this year, I think a lot of fans of the book/movie got a little romantic about the analytics that are now inseparably connected with that ball club's front office.  Many of us could envision the special edition DVD with just a black screen added before the credits roll: "Eight years later, the Oakland A's won the World Series."  

Alas, the Tigers dispatched the A's from the AL Divisional Series this fall, leaving romantic fans of both sports and analytics pining for some organization to satisfy our longing by winning a championship (and then attributing it to the data geeks in the office).

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Re: Props to Hollinger?
BethSchultz   11/7/2012 8:23:06 AM
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@philsimon, right, thanks for pointing that out to our readers. John Hollinger, ESPN.com columnist gets credit for developing the player-efficiency rating, or PER. More on John here

Likewise, sports columnist Kevin Broom gets the nod for the Diamond Rating and statisticians Wayne Winston and Jeff Sagarin get credit for early work leading to adjusted +/- ratings, as NBAstuffer.com notes.

 

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Props to Hollinger?
philsimon   11/7/2012 7:50:05 AM
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Interesting post. John Hollinger created PER and he should probably get some props here.

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