It’s no secret that Brad Stevens is a huge believer in statistical analysis made famous by Ken Pomeroy and his website. This even led him to become the first college basketball head coach to hire a full-time statistical analyst in his last season at Butler in Drew Cannon.
While it is not exactly clear what his position entails, he seemed to be a big part of Stevens’ staff and brought a lot to the table. Enough so, even, that he will be joining the former Butler coach in his move to Boston to become a coach for the Celtics.
In a day and age where statistical analysis or “sabermetrics” are become so popular, Stevens may be one of the biggest advocates of it. This is just another move to help give him an extra edge as he begins the transition to the NBA.
Some other Butler notes:
Andrew Smith got his first minute of playing time today in the NBA Summer League for thee Oklahoma City Thunder, but unfortunately went down with a right ankle sprain while llanding on an opponents’ foot coming down from a rebound.
He finished with 2 points, a rebound, and an assist in seven and a half minutes before beingg shut down with an injury. I have not heard his avaliability for the rest of the week, but the Thunder will play again Tuesday at one against the Pistons.