Joe Sill

Analytics Consultant for the Washington Wizards

Joe Sill has served as an analytics consultant for the Washington Wizards since 2010. Sill held primary responsibility for the team’s automated proprietary analytics for most of the past decade. He continues to play a major role today in collaboration with a recently expanded analytics group. Sill won a best paper prize at Sloan in 2010 for his paper on regularized adjusted plus/minus (RAPM), which was an important precursor to ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus stat. RAPM itself continues to have influence within the basketball and hockey analytics communities today. Sill also coauthored an award-winning paper at RecSys 2011, a computer science conference focusing on recommender systems. Sill was the largest shareholder on the 2nd place team in the Netflix Prize data science contest, in which thousands of teams competed for a $1 million prize. Sill has a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech and a BS in Applied Math and Philosophy (double major) from Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.