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Sixers hire analytics expert

Sixers make the jump into analytics.

Sixers hire analytics expert

                Like many teams in the NBA the 76ers are entering into the age of analytics. Friday the team announced it named Aaron Barzilai to the newly created position of director of basketball analytics. Barzilai, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who also owns a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, is the founder of, a website which presents adjusted and unadjusted plus/minus for players and units to illustrate the impact a player has on the court as well as on a team’s offensive and defensive efficiency.

                He was most recently was the sole advanced analytics consultant for the team and reported directly to general manager Chris Wallace where he assessed potential transactions, including trades, free agent signings and draft picks.

Bob Cooney
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