Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is often given credit for leading the analytics revolution in the NBA, and he has certainly played a major role in utilizing analytics effectively and raising public awareness of it.
The proliferation of analytics tools in basketball decisions has grown to the point where every NBA team has some sort of analytics function in the front office.
As draft analytics have become more available over the past decade, models have become more complex and accurate, with the latest draft model from ESPN’s analytics team utilizing five different data sources to create more accurate projections.
3 pick in the 2017 NBA draft netted the Celtics draft analytics favorite Jayson Tatum.
Given the advances of the tools, I polled a set of current and former NBA front-office executives and analysts to get a sense of which teams do the best job of incorporating analytics in an impactful way in their draft process.
Boston Celtics: The Celtics traded out of last year’s top spot, allowing the Sixers to draft poorly projected Markelle Fultz and the Celtics to draft analytics favorite Jayson Tatum.