Thursday, December 25, 2014

76ers hire Barzilai as director of basketball analytics

The 76ers announced today that they have named Aaron Barzilai as their director of basketball analytics. Barzilai was previously the basketball analytics consultant dating back to April, 2009.

76ers hire Barzilai as director of basketball analytics

"We will do what it takes to give Philadelphia the winning team that it wants," Sixers CEO Adam Aron said. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)
"We will do what it takes to give Philadelphia the winning team that it wants," Sixers CEO Adam Aron said. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)

The 76ers announced today that they have named Aaron Barzilai as their director of basketball analytics. Barzilai was previously the basketball analytics consultant dating back to April, 2009.

In his role with the Grizzlies, Barzilai was the sole advanced analytics consultant for the team and reported directly to general manager Chris Wallace. He assessed potential transactions, including trades, free agent signings and draft picks.

Barzilai is the founder of BasketballValue.com, 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 has also contributed content to 82games.com.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Barzilai also owns a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. He was a member of MIT’s varsity basketball team and was the co-captain his senior season.

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