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In a preview of his Sloan Analytics Conference talk, Evan Wasch, SVP of Basketball Strategy & Analytics at the NBA, will break down how the NBA League Office uses data science and analytics to make complex changes to the game and league. A full preview of the talk can be found below:
Behind the scenes, the NBA game is comprised of an intricate web of decision points or “levers,” all designed to maximize the quality of the core basketball product. From in-game aspects like game rules and format to competitive considerations like scheduling, playoff structure, and draft lottery, each lever of the ecosystem is interconnected and even small changes can have significant ripple effects. This presentation will discuss these complex interactions and give a look under the hood on how the NBA uses analytics to make key strategic decisions related to its core product.