Who should you draft and why? 2015 NBA Draft Edition

June 25, 2015

Who should you draft and why- (1)


It's draft time again Basketball and Hockey fans. I know this is an exciting time for teams on the cusp of a championship and even teams rebuilding, hoping to find their franchise savior. Have you ever wondered though, how your favorite teams' front office prioritizes the players on their draft board? Have you wondered why a team took or didn't take a certain player that "experts" said was a perfect fit?

The ability to blend qualitative and quantitate data on these players is crucial in this day and age for these clubs. How do you prioritize value over need? If your team needs a center, but you have no quality big men on your board or the quality big man has character issues, how are you deciding what to do?

Decision Lens allows these teams to blend raw statistical data such as RPG (rebounds per game) or GPG (Goals per game) with quality data such as leadership or work ethic/drive. From this blend and prioritization method, a list of players can be attained in an order that directly reflects your organizations needs and values.

Speaking of needs and values, lets pit them against each other. How are teams suppose to evaluate need and value. Teams in the lottery of the NBA draft often get both, but depending on the year's talent, they might have to settle for one or the other. Decision Lens provides these organizations the ability to conduct trade off analyses and dig down deep into multiple players qualitative and quantitative data sets at the same time to see how they stack up to a organization's criteria. If you have a position of need, as mentioned earlier, let's say a center; you can compare the available centers against one another to decide which of them have what you deem worthy of being drafted. Say none of the need position stack up; you're then able to conduct the same trade off analysis for remaining positions to derive as much possible value from your pick. Outside of picking at your given slot, there are 2 other popular options.

Trade down or up! There might be a player that meets all your needs and has all of the value, but they could be available later or might be taken before your pick. This is where some GM's and front offices pile together resources to acquire a pick from another team. How do these teams get the best bang for their buck? Decision Lens highlights their valued data and provides visualizations to justify any trade or pick. Front offices are then able to accurately show and present how they came to that conclusion. Having good data and information to explain to either fans, stakeholders or ownership why a trade or a selection was made can save jobs in two sports where General Manager positions are like a revolving door.

Draft on potential! This is an option that a lot of NBA teams have made a legacy by using and using well. Teams that tend to go deep in the playoffs and draft in the late first round don't have needs or want value, they want potential. They are already a good, winning team. With the influx of international talent over the last decade there are more and more players that have potential to be super stars in the NBA, but are required to finish their contract with an international club. Teams will still draft the rights to a player, so that when he is able to move to the NBA, they have the rights to his services.

These options and examples are some of the more popular decisions NBA & NHL executives have to make during the draft process. Decision Lens provides professional sports organizations with a structured process to make the trade off decisions and prioritization decisions to advance in their league through the draft.

To learn more, please visit decisionlens.com