Mark Cuban decided not to rehire our statistical analysis team (WINVAL) this season. We greatly enjoyed our time with the Mavs. Mark is a great person and a terrific owner. The Mavs never won that elusive championship, but during our tenure with the Mavs only the Mavs and Spurs won at least 50 games each year. We’d like to think that we played some small role in that success.
As the season progresses, we will blog on what makes an NBA teams win or lose, and how each team can improve their performance. It would have been fun last year, for example, to point out before the Bulls Celtics series that Brad Miller with 3 guards was by far the Bulls best lineup. This proved to be true in the great Bulls-Celtics series. It would also have been fun to point out that after two or three games the lineups that were hurting the Cavs against the Magic. These lineup combinations continued to hurt the Cavs throughout the series.
We wish the Mavs well, and our goal throughout the season will be to show how data driven analysis to can improve the performance of a business (in this case an NBA team). As the great statistician Edwards Demings said “In God we trust, all others need data.” Of course data is only one of the inputs needed for a sound decision making process, but I am sure we can show how sound analysis of data leads to valuable insights that can drive improved performance in any organization.