Warriors Earn "Best Analytics Organization" Award at 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors were named recipients of the “Best Analytics Organization” award at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, MA, earlier today. The award, which was accepted by Basketball Operations Coordinator Kent Lacob and Basketball Analytics Coordinator Sammy Gelfand, featured a total of four nominees, including the Warriors, Chicago Blackhawks, Houston Astros and FC Midtjylland. General Manager Bob Myers, who also attended the conference, was part of a distinguished panel that discussed the importance of analytics in sports prior to the announcement of the award.
“We’re extremely appreciative and proud to receive this award,” said Myers. “Analytics has become a huge part of sports, especially over the last few years, and we certainly put an emphasis on it as an organization. Kirk Lacob, in particular, has led our charge in analytics and he should be commended for putting us in positon to be viewed as a leader in this area and recognized for our efforts.”
The Warriors were one of the first NBA teams to invest in, among other analytic devices, SportVU cameras, which monitor player movement throughout the course of a game.