Dean Oliver

Director of Production Analytics, ESPN

Dean Oliver is a Director at ESPN, leading the development of sports analytics for the network.  He has developed statistical methods for both football and basketball, including better metrics for the offensive line and quarterback, as well as schedule-adjustment tools for college teams.  He worked for seven years in the NBA with the front offices of the Denver Nuggets and Seattle Supersonics, using analytics to improve decisions on trades, free agency, the draft, and coaching tactics.

The contents of his book, Basketball on Paper, are now used broadly across the NBA.  Oliver has a Ph.D. in engineering and has years of experience as an advance scout, collegiate scout, and in coaching.