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Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 2:04 pm  |  26 responses

Charlotte Bobcats Using New, Advanced Scouting Database


Charlotte Bobcats GM Rich Cho is arguably the most technologically advanced executive in the NBA. Before earning his law degree at Pepperdine, Cho studied engineering as an undergraduate and worked at Boeing for several years. And now he’s transferred some of that knowledge to the Bobcats, developing a brand new scouting system that drills deeper into player backgrounds, offers consistent evaluations and is dramatically speedier in updating information. The Charlotte Observer has the fascinating details:  “The database scouting system has over 50,000 web pages. You can instantly look up year-by-year statistics for Boston Celtics great Bill Russell … or any other player in NBA history. You can check the injury archive of a Slovenian playing in the Spanish league or whether a forward in the Development League was ever busted for drugs. This is Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho’s baby, an Internet-friendly system that took six months and a six-figure cost to develop. Now it evolves daily and gets put to the test in Thursday night’s NBA draft, when the Bobcats select second and 31st following a 7-59 season. The Bobcats were using ‘Hawkeye,’ one of several plug-in scouting tools NBA teams can buy and adapt to their needs. Cho thought it wiser to start from scratch, to customize a Bobcats-only system. Cho’s system has all the basics you’d expect: Player contracts, statistics that can be used to compare Bobcats players’ development to others’, any potential bonuses that could complicate trade discussions. Is a player a leader or a follower? Does he smoke or drink? Does he care about others? And through ‘numbers’ (a wealth of statistics that can be collated a variety of ways for apples-to-apples comparison). Beyond that, Cho asks the team’s scouting staff for two things: Look ahead, not behind, and develop a consistency in evaluating players’ development. Now, when a staffer scouts a game, one keystroke emails the info to every decision-maker on the team. Speed matters. You might have 20 minutes before the trade deadline at mid-season when you’re offered a deal. You want the comparative salaries, the statistics and intel on involved players all in one place instantly. That’s even truer on draft night, when there are five minutes between each first-round pick and two minutes between second-round picks.”

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  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Alien technology.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/alan__ryan Alan

    I remember how excited I was when I discovered the internet.

  • Sheed

    So… Google?

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Thats pretty cool, if we’re ever gonna win, it’ll have to be due to something like this since we miss out on franchise changers every year.

  • http://Slamonline.com Jzakoni

    Ms Cleo?

  • FnF

    Skynet is real.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Somebody watched Money Ball.

  • Dungeon Family

    I Can go down to the Rec Center and find more Talent than the Bobcats

  • Gregg

    Sheed for the win.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    The 3:37 post was not by me. That’s weird.

  • Solito

    I am sure, it is in full compliance with American privacy la… WAIT! Nevermind, you guys dont have any :)

  • gani

    “Siri, should we draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson?”

  • Patricia Casados

    you can get all the proper info and in record time, but player psychology input? garbage in garbage out? its got to be accurate profile.. Also, you cant computerize good logic and that sixth basketball sense; something that evolves in an administrator through the years of bearing the Game..the IT that is the genius of an evaluator; i hope they NOW have this Combo, and it works.

  • 2Quick

    is it working yeet????

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    Good bye Eeine Meenie Miney Mo… hello Magic 8 Ball.

  • Bt

    I beleive he”s named it Choogle

  • Lan

    ^like

  • dannyb

    What does it say about Adam Morrison?

  • Bamboozle

    Ya’ll a bunch of retards. His system is essentially a statistics model used for prediction, google is completely different

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Someone should tell them that ‘Ask Jeeves’ died off 10 years ago.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    If I found the Rosetta Stone, broadcasting it would be the last thing I’d do.

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Well they need to do something extraordinary don’t they

  • http://www.slamonline.com danfields

    @dannyb: b4 his draft it wouldve said: no, stop and dont!

  • MIGZ

    Bobcats are willing to try anything since they were robbed.

  • Wixurrs

    Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison, Bismack Byiombo, who’s it going to be this year, Mike?

  • Jono

    Never knew it was so hard to be so bad.

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