While centers and point guards may still get all the glory, for half the teams in the NBA, the hottest player may just be the team statistician. According to a March 12 article in the Wall Street Journal, writer David Biderman outlines how the winningest teams in basketball have “all invested heavily in statistics” and have earned a combined win average of 59.3%. The 15 teams who do not have a dedicated data analyst on board have won just 40.7% of their games. Coincidence? You know analytical professionals don’t believe in coincidence.
Neither do I. For example, it’s no coincidence that here at Burtch Works we are seeing the job market for statisticians break wide open. Industries that have never counted on data analysts before — high profile, exciting markets like the NBA — are now seeing the value that highly trained, professional statisticians can bring to the team. In fact, most of our strong candidates are receiving multiple offers, even as the economy in general is just getting up off the bench.
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