Back in October, our Brian Fleurantin asked Mikhail Prokhorov what he thought about the wave of analytics sweeping the NBA.
"I think analytics are becoming more and more refined throughout the league. But I am not convinced you can calculate your way to victory. I do believe there are intangibles that no stat sheet will show you," he responded, seemingly dismissing the need for a lot of statistical deep divers.
That's not stopping the Nets from beefing up their analytics operations. Until recently, Glen DuPaul, the 20-something Director of Analytics, was the only full-time numbers cruncher. He was assisted by an intern. Now, the Nets have decided to add a second full time analyst, advertising on the team jobs site.
The Basketball Operations Analyst will be responsible for utilizing analytics to assist the front office and coaching staff. The incumbent will be responsible for recommending process improvement and changes in order to facilitate and maintain efficient and confidential sharing of information that may be deemed sensitive. It is critical the incumbent in this position have the ability and emotional maturity to exercise sound judgment regarding confidential matters and hold a high regard for ethical behavior. The Basketball Operations Analyst will report to the Director of Basketball Analytics.
DuPaul was hired a year ago and Billy King has said his work has helped the team win some games.
In addition, the Nets are seeking a president of business operations for the Long Island Nets, their D-League team that will begin play next season in Brooklyn, then move to the revamped Nassau Coliseum in 2017-18. The LI Nets are expected to eventually hire a president, general manager, a coach, an assistant coach and trainer.