Being Smart and Dumb: Building the Sports Analytics Industry

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm

Dean Oliver ( NBA's Washington Wizards)

Going from a scientific background into something that people haven't done comes with moments where you don't know what you're talking about... if you talk, that is. Admitting the times you don't know how your work can help and introducing your work when it may be able to help - that timing can be hard. I went from the field I was trained in - environmental engineering and consulting - to a job with no title at first. I had to write a book about how stats can help in basketball. Someone else invented the term "Sports Analytics". This talk is a little bit of that story.