In 2019, every NBA team has an analytics specialist in its front office. Those hires are no longer notable.
But there’s a twist on the Wizards hiring Oliver.
Oliver, widely known as a pioneer in sports analytics, will bring his skillset to the coaching staff.
Oliver isn’t totally a one-trick pony. He played and assistant-coached at Cal Tech.
All teams use statistics for in-game strategy.
But few teams have a coach who’s so analytically focused. It’ll be interesting to see how Washington utilizes Oliver.