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Hoops Lab: Reviewing the Sloan Conference

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Sloan: More Summit than Statistics

I just went to my first MIT Sloan Conference on Sports Analytics. How do I describe it? 

How about: WOW!

I didn't know what to expect from the conference before I attended. Bill Simmons once famously described it as Dork-A-Palooza, and that was what I thought it would be: a lot of big brain types arguing for their theories as to how best to quantify basketball, with some front office types hanging around deciding how convincing the arguments are. And to be fair, there was some of that at the conference.

But there was so, so much more!

Where to begin? Well, let's start at the top. I got to watch new NBA commissioner Adam Silver get absolutely GRILLED by Malcolm Gladwell for an hour as to the state of the NBA, whether the playoff system was broken, whether the lottery system encourages teams to tank, and  just how laughably greedy the NBA owners are:

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