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Tuesday, October 2, 2012


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 disclosed.

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 season.”

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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