Scouts and analysts can be friends – really!

scouts and analystsWhy do basketball scouts and analysts always seem to be fighting?

Is there some way everyone can work together toward a common goal?

Yes, there is.

They can be on the same team.

Here’s what needs to be in place.

It starts with the decision maker.

I previously wrote about what basketball analytics really means.

One of the most important takeaways from the article is that scouting reports are a form of data, just as advanced metrics are.

They’re different types of data, but they’re both data. They both merit respect and consideration.

A decision maker (often the general manager) needs to be willing to listen to everyone.


What basketball analytics really means

basketball analyticsMost of what you think you know about basketball analytics is wrong.

It’s not your fault.

Many people in the media and even in the industry misrepresent what basketball analytics is really about.

Why do they do it?

Because they don’t understand it either.

In short, they don’t know any better.

They don’t know what basketball analytics really means and what it is all about.

So don’t sweat it.

Let me tell you the real story about about basketball analytics.

Basketball analytics is not just fancy statistics.

Traditional and advanced statistics are a part of it but they are only a piece of the puzzle.


NBA Trades: The hidden reality

nba tradesA lot of “experts” like to talk about potential NBA trades and what certain players might get dealt for.

But those people are ignoring some crucial considerations about how NBA trades work.

It’s HARD to make NBA trades. A lot harder than most people think.

Thought process in
NBA trades

First of all, let’s look at the foundational pieces of player value.

What do teams consider? Among the most obvious factors:

  • How a player fits in with the personnel and coaching staff.
  • The organization’s plan and overall direction for the future.
  • The player’s contract in relation to the payroll and the aforementioned plan.


Post Moves: Where Did They Go?

post movesIn last month’s mailbag, we took a quick look at why the NBA doesn’t have as many big men with post moves as it used to.

This question deserves a deeper inspection.

A journey, even.

Here’s the question one more time:

Q: It seems like there aren’t as many post scorers in the NBA as there used to be. Why do you think that is? Are players not as skilled as they were in the past?
— Brian

To really understand what’s happened, we have to do a bit of role-playing.

Let’s go on a post moves journey.

Picture this:

You’re a young big man prospect.