It looks like the dynamic duo of the NBA team Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay will have a new sabermetrician in their basketball analytics’ department. Read on for more details.
According to SacTown Royalty, the Kings recently hired Roland Beech who has been parsing data for the Dallas Mavericks for the last six seasons. The analytics guru will be filling the void vacated by Dean Oliver. He was the previous vice president of analytics under Sacramento’s new head of basketball operations, Vlade Divac.
It was reported by Basketball Real Gm, that the firing of Oliver was just a part of the long list of off-season actions by the new management. There had also been ongoing rumors that the Kings were going to erase from top to bottom their analytics department. However, all things seem to be looking up for the Kings with the inclusion of Beech in their basketball department.
Beech initiated his affiliation with the Mavericks franchise as a consultant in the 2005-2006 season and climb the ranks to head the analytics department in Dallas. Beech also made his way behind the bench during the Mark Cuban owned-team’s NBA championship outing in 2010-2011 wherein they bested the Miami Heat.
In related news, Cousins and Gay were set as rivals in the Team USA’s intrasquad game, with Boogie’s White Team dominating Gay’s Blue Team 134-128. This mini-camp is a springboard for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The performance from both Kings players especially Boogie didn’t remain unnoticed in head coach Mike Krzyewski. Cousins and Gay brought home the gold medal in last summer’s Fiba Basketball World Cup.
The 68-year-old Kryzyewski revealed to NBA that Cousins’ presence was greatly felt during the campaign.
“We went a little big (sic) bigger last August and September, thinking we would need it, and we did against Serbia. We were down 15-5 and (Demarcus) Cousins comes in and turns the game around. That’s what we need to do, have guys who can come in and might be game changers,” Kryzyewski confessed.
The Kings are set to revitalize their NBA run after another dismal season with 29 wins and 53 losses. The Kings also made a vital draft recently with Kentucky Wildcats rebounding standout Willie Cauley-Stein.
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