silentjim wrote:Interesting. I would guess Hollinger is being hired more for his basketball analytics than his writing ability, but who knows for sure.
Good for Hollinger. I'm happy guys with advanced metric backgrounds are gaining traction among NBA employment opportunities. It's about time former players and guys who have been around the game their entire lives solely relying on the "eye test" be replaced.
I have heard a lot of neat arguments of late about the difficulty in using basketball metrics compared to baseball. Basketball and football being true team sports where baseball is typically a 1 one 1 match-up of pitching vs hitting when using analytics. I'm sure basketball can use more stats, but I think it would require a lot more than saying Lebron is 4 of 13 on game ending shots. It would requite individual defender stats, shot type, defensive scheme, and insane number of other variables. Who knows maybe it'll happen some day.
Stumbling into a good team like Memphis can't hurt Hollinger for sure.