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Aaron Barzilai

Aaron Barzilai is quantitative analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers and basketballvalue.com founder.

He previously had worked as a consultant for the Grizzlies.

Ben Alamar

He is currently working for Oklahoma City Thunder as senior quantitative analyst.

Dr. Benjamin C. Alamar is an Assistant Professor of Management at Menlo College and the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.

Bob Bellotti

He is currently working for Washington Wizards as a consultant.

Bob Bellotti has been a statistical consultant to NBA teams since 1989. His brand of statistical reports and analysis is unique in basketball circles. He has "invented" over 20 different methods of evaluating players and teams, including the Points Created system.

In addition to his work with NBA teams, Bellotti also has provided custom statistical information to the WNBA's Washington Mystics.

Bob Chaikin

Chaikin has worked for the New Jersey Nets and is currently employed by the Miami Heat.

Bob Chaikin is an NBA consultant and developer of B-Ball, Pro Basketball for the Computer, which is the most statistically accurate basketball simulation on the market today. He compiled the All-Time Sports Statistics Encyclopedias found on the site and also helps with basketball rankings, stats and projections. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

Dan Rosenbaum

Dan Rosenbaum is a basketball analytics consultant for the Atlanta Hawks.

Rosenbaum is an economics professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Besides this statistical work, Rosenbaum has been cited in numerous publications for his expertise on issues related to the NBA collective bargaining agreement and especially the luxury tax.

Rosenbaum's work has focused on adjusted plus-minus ratings, which takes into account the quality of the players playing with and against a player and adjusts his plus-minus accordingly.

He invented Statistical Plus-Minus which is an estimate of the player's contribution to the team's point differential per 100 possessions.

Daryl Morey

Daryl Morey†is currently†the General Manager of the Houston Rockets.

Morey comes to the Rockets after serving three years as SVP of Operations and Information for the Boston Celtics. While with the Celtics, basketball operations was a key part of his responsibilities, including the development of analytical methods and technology to enhance basketball decisions, such as the draft, trades, free agency and statistical advance scouting for the coaching staff. His hiring follows the recent Moneyball trend of moving away from scouting in favor of more statistical-based analysis.

Several baseball teams have hired executives with non-traditional baseball backgrounds, but the Rockets are the first NBA team to hire a general manager in this vein.

Morey earned a BS in computer science from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2000. He teaches an MBA-level course at MIT titled "Analytical Sports Management."

Dave Heeren

Heeren was probably the most famous NBA statistical analyst. Also a columnist for USA Today, Heeren wrote a series of books under the Basketball Abstract name. These were based on what is generally considered the first linear-weights player rating system, TENDEX. Heeren also wrote some columns for CBSSportsline.com a few years ago. Since then, Heeren has written about preps for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and peddled his TENDEX ratings for teams looking to evaluate NCAA players.

David J. Berri

David Berri is a professor of economics at Utah University who teamed with peers Martin Schmidt and Stacey Brook to write "Wages of Wins". Published in 2006, the book brought the work of sports economists to a wider group of readers and focused largely on the NBA. He runs a web site on NBA analytics.



Dean Oliver

Prior to joining TruMedia Networks as Vice President of Data Science, Dean Oliver was head of analytics for the Sacramento Kings. Before the stint with the Kings, he had works for ESPN, as the Director of Production Analytics. His job was to develop and to implement analytic methods across all sports.

Dean Oliver is a former player, coach, and scout, was serving in the front office of Denver Nuggets as the Director of Quantitative Analysis in 2006-2010. He previously served as a consultant for Seattle Supersonics for 6 years (2000-2006)


His longtime website, Journal of Basketball Studies, and subsequent 2003 book, Basketball on Paper, brought him recognition as a principal leader in the field. His research into the importance of pace and possessions, how teamwork affects individual statistics, defensive statistics, and the importance of a player's ability to create their own shot has been groundbreaking. His development of the Four Factors of Basketball Success (field-goal shooting, offensive rebounds, turnovers and getting to the free-throw line) also helps provide a useful framework for evaluation of players and teams.

Ed Kupfer

Ed Kupfer is currently a consultant for the Houston Rockets, working alongside Sam Hinkie and GM Daryl Morey.

Ed Kupfer has made numerous notable high technique and graphical contributions at the APBRmetrics board.

Eli Witus

Eli Witus currently works for Houston Rockets as Basketball Operations Analyst.

Before joining the Rockets, he was running Count The Basket web site and executed many unique analysis on NBA.

Jeff Sagarin

Jeff Sagarin is an American sports statistician well-known for his development of a methodology for ranking and rating sports teams in a variety of sports. Jeff Sagarin and Wayne Winston pioneered adjusted plus-minus statistics with their WINVAL system, which has been used extensively by the Dallas Mavericks.

Joe Sill

Joe Sill currently works for Washington Wizards as an analytics consultant.

He has developed the Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus which has been considered a big move in an effort to improve accuracy of adjusted plus-minus.

In March 2010, at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference, he presented his work for the first time after launching his website (hoopnumbers.com) which was suddenly shut down once he's been hired by the Washington Wizards in June 2010.

John Hollinger

John Hollinger currently works for Memphis Grizzlies as the Vice President of Basketball Operations.

John Hollinger authored four books in the Pro Basketball Forecast/Prospectus series and was a regular columnist for ESPN Insider. Hollinger's work (PER) is read by many mainstream fans who are not familiar with APBRmetrics in general, making him instrumental in introducing the system to regular NBA fans.

Justin Kubatko

Justin Kubatko developed and administers Basketball-Reference.com, a site that provides much relied upon and easy access to regular and many of the advanced basketball statistics, much of the data not available anywhere else on the net for before the most recent seasons. He also adapted an idea from Bill James called Win Shares to basketball to estimate player contribution to a team's level of winning based on individual offensive performance and team defense while the player is on the court.

Ken Catanella

He is now Assistant General Manager at Sacramento Kings

He was working for Detroit Pistons as the director of basketball operations.

Ken Catanella is a leader in the growing field of basketball analytics. He joined the NBA League Office in January 2009 and was selected as Manager of the League's Basketball Analytics efforts soon thereafter. He previously worked for the New Jersey Nets as Coordinator of Statistical Analysis from 2006-2008 and managed the creation and implementation of the Nets' statistical scouting systems. He also advised the teamís GM, President, and ownership by evaluating domestic and international player personnel as well as the teamís strategic financial plan.

Before joining the Nets, Catanella worked in both basketball and finance. Following graduation from Amherst College in 1997, he worked on Wall Street providing analytics on stadium/arena financings for professional teams and valuing publicly traded companies. His basketball experience includes time as a collegiate player and Assistant Coach at Amherst College, and professional player on the German Bundesligaís Cologne 99ers. He also later served as the German teamís Assistant GM.

While earning his MBA at Duke Universityís Fuqua School of Business, Catanella was a Graduate Assistant on the 2004 and 2005 Duke University Menís Basketball teams. He developed systems and analytical methods for the teamís coaches, and concurrently interned with the Assistant GM of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ken Pomeroy

Ken Pomeroy has been doing quantitative analysis on college basketball for about ten years. He first experimented with team power ratings, before delving into the finer points of team analysis three years ago when he began posting college statistics on his website, kenpom.com. More recently, Pomeroyís work has expanded into player analysis as well, where he now computes advanced metrics on all college basketball players in Division I.

Ken currently writes for Basketball Prospectus, after spending two years writing for espn.com. He has also contributed his statistical analysis to the Houston Rockets and Baylor University.

Kenneth Massey

Kenneth Massey is an American sports statistician well-known for his development of a methodology for ranking and rating sports teams in a variety of sports. His ratings have been a part of the Bowl Championship Series since its inception.

Kevin Broom

Kevin Broom has been a columnist at RealGM.com and other basketball related websites. Broom's work includes creation of the Salary Formula, which translates individual statistics to NBA cap dollars; as well as the Diamond Rating, which can help identify players underrated by their per game stats. Broom is also a leader in evaluating defense through collecting and analyzing new statistics not captured in box scores.

Kevin Pelton

He is currently an analyst for ESPN Insider. Kevin was a statistical consultant for the Indiana Pacers.

Kevin "Al" Pelton, a former a sportswriter, at BasketballProspectus.com and has written for 82games.com, Hoopsworld.com and SI.com. He has worked to acquaint mainstream basketball fans with statistical analysis.

Martin Manley

Martin Manley has created the first player evaluation metric which has been incorporated by NBA.com.  In the late 1980ís, he wrote "Basketball Heaven" books in which he outlined his production ratings, statistical indexes which measure the overall production of players and teams. In the book, he discusses his formula and variations, and compiles indexes for all players in the NBA.

Comments: In his efficiency formula, all stat categories are weighted the same. Also, these ratings are not adjusted for game pace. Thus they do not have the precision of possession based stats
Mike Goodman

Goodman has worked extensively on player ratings, culminating in his eWins metric. He has also posted some of his work at HoopsAnalyst.com. Goodman's use of playoff statistics is relatively unique, and he specializes in historical ratings.

Mike Zarren

Michael Zarren is the Celticsí Assistant Executive Director of Basketball Operations and Associate Counsel.† Mike is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of advanced statistical analysis of basketball players and teams, and is an important part of the teamís player personnel evaluation and strategic planning processes.

There are two channels through which Zarren can help the Celtics. The first is by assessing potential deals and draft picks, which means bouncing information off of Ainge. The second channel is strategic advice, which means going to Coach Doc Rivers, whom Ainge says is ďskeptically receptiveĒ to Zarrenís insights.

Mike is also the teamís salary cap and legal expert and is responsible for the development of new technologies for team use, including the teamís best-in-class statistical database and video archive/delivery system.

Mike was previously a management consultant, during which time he performed econometric and other quantitative analyses for Fortune 500 firms across a wide variety of industries.

Comments: Danny Ainge, calls Mike Zarren his "secret weapon", Garnett calls him Numbers, the Celtics Dancers call him Stats and Paul Pierce, calls him M.I.T. even though Zarren never went there.
Roland Beech

Roland Beech has reportedly left Kings as of April 18, 2017

As of August 16, 2015 Roland Beech is now with the Kings. He had been working for Dallas Mavericks as Director of Basketball Analytics since October 2009. He is the first quantitative analyst to join a coaching staff. He sits on the bench during the game, travels with the team and participates in practices. Rick Carlyle and Roland Beech have brought a new concept called "Stats Coach".

Roland Beech launched 82games.com website in 2002/03 season and has contributed his analysis to ESPN.com and SI.com.

Sam Hinkie

Sam Hinkie was GM for Philadelphia 76ers.

Prior to joining 76ers, Sam Hinkie was Houston Rockets' Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. Hinkie advised Daryl Morey on the draft, free agency, trades, and game strategy. Hinkie also led the Rockets analytic efforts and manages the teamís salary cap.

In his first two seasons with the Rockets, Hinkie served as Special Assistant to the General Manager where he worked closely with former GM Carroll Dawson. Prior to joining the Rockets, Hinkie advised two NFL teams on draft strategies and ways to use statistical analysis to improve decision making. Hinkie also has experience as a consultant for Bain & Company, a leading global-strategy consulting firm. In addition, he worked in private equity and venture capital where he led diligence teams and provided strategic direction for his firmís investment companies.

Hinkie graduated from the University of Oklahoma and was named one of the top-60 undergraduate students in the country by USA Today. He also holds an MBA from Stanford, graduating with highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Steve Ilardi

Steve Ilardi currently works for Phoenix Suns as an analytics consultant.

Steve Ilardi is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas, and former statistical consultant to the KU menís basketball team under Roy Williams. With the support of assistant coaches Jerod Haase and Ben Miller, Ilardi developed and implemented an adjusted plus-minus model of player evaluation at KU, one similar to the models independently developed by Dan Rosenbaum and Jeff Sagarin. In his Ďday jobí, Ilardi is a clinical researcher who has worked to develop a novel, lifestyle-based treatment for depressive illness.

Wayne Winston

Wayne L. Winston is the John and Esther Reese Professor of Decision Sciences at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. He has been a consultant to major corporate and sports organizations, including USA Diving and the Dallas Mavericks.

At IU, Winston teaches a statistics class once attended by an undergrad named Mark Cuban. When the two met up again with Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he charged Winston to create a better way to rate players. Winston enlisted the help of Jeff Sagarin, who is better known for his NCAA basketball and football rating systems. Using Cuban's access, they were able to get complete NBA play-by-play data and use this to create a modified plus-minus system which adjusts for the quality of team mates and opponents.

In his book Mathletics, Wayne Winston describes the mathematical methods that top coaches and managers use to evaluate players and improve team performance, and gives math enthusiasts the practical tools they need to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of their favorite sports--and maybe even gain the outside edge to winning bets. Mathletics blends fun math problems with sports stories of actual games, teams, and players, along with personal anecdotes from Winston's work as a sports consultant. Winston uses easy-to-read tables and illustrations to illuminate the techniques and ideas he presents, and all the necessary math concepts--such as arithmetic, basic statistics and probability, and Monte Carlo simulations--are fully explained in the examples.


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