Opt out or contact us anytime Morey, who became the general manager last May, is fairly guarded about the models he uses — understandable in a sport in which the science is still being developed. Basketball as a sport has not yet settled on more sophisticated ways for assessing a player, as baseball eventually did with statistics like on-base percentage and slugging percentage. But the search is on for something more meaningful than points per game. Morey and others in his field are filling hard drives with information, categorizing player types, shot selection, substitution patterns, the result of every pass and the success rate of the transition 3-point attempt which, statistically speaking, happens to be a good shot. Each guy on the floor, how efficient they are.
Hired by Montana Tech at 24 years old, he only learned one way to be a coach: his way.
These guys are way smarter than I am. You can definitely tell, especially when he speaks. Those guys loved to be coached.
Yeah, I definitely think the NBA definitely helped him. Then he saw how Popovich put Budenholzer and Brown and others to work, letting them grow as coaches.
He offers his insight plenty, but sometimes his guys are set to work on their own. They can do a lot of head coaching things, but … the guy that I think does the best job, the most thorough job, the guy that is going to put the time and energy and go the extra mile in terms of scouting or game prep, I want him to have the hardest teams.
This time of year, you are who you are recently.
So you go watch the last five games. What did they do with under 30 seconds left?
They called timeout, what did they run? They needed a 3, what did they run? They needed a 2, what did they run?
Once they do the games, I let them use their creativity in scouting reports. They know all the strengths and weaknesses.