Dean Oliver is one the most recognized godfathers in NBA analytics movement. He’s once been a basketball player, coach, and scout. 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.
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 worked for ESPN, as the Director of Production Analytics. His job was to develop and to implement analytic methods across all sports.
Before ESPN, he 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)