When Tony DiLeo was hired last week as the Sixers’ GM, he
made it sound as though hiring a front-office guy to manage analytical analysis
was the nest step.
Looks like DiLeo’s got his man.
The 76ers announced Tuesday that they’ve hired Jordan Cohn
as a pro personnel scout. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not
Cohn spent the past eight seasons as a scout with the Nets,
covering all angles of the NBA, D-League and college ball for them. He also
worked as the director of pro player personnel with the Knicks in 2003-04,
after spending five seasons with the Heat in a similar role.
Cohn co-authored “Rick Barry’s Pro Basketball Bible,” which
features detailed info on players and draft picks. Cohn’s well knock for
charting tendencies of opponents. Both of those duties were listed by DiLeo
when he described the kind of guy he’d want to add to the Sixers’ front office.
“We are committed to improving all facets of our basketball
operations department,” DiLeo said. “…Jordan is one of the most talented and
respected scouts in the NBA and will be an invaluable resource for the upcoming
So what does analytics mean exactly? DiLeo’s compared it to
baseball’s Moneyball phenomenon, saying it’s another way by which NBA teams can
associate a price tag to free agents, a rank for outgoing college players
entering the draft or break down statistics of current players and opponents to
find a more-competitive advantage to play against them.
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