The Info List - Daryl Morey

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Daryl Morey (born 1972) is an American sports executive. He has been the general manager of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association since 2007. He is a strong proponent of analytical methods, having created the "true shooting percentage" statistic, and co-founded the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Morey's basketball philosophy, heavily reliant on analytics, favors three-point field goals over mid-range jumpers, has been dubbed "Moreyball", as a nod towards Michael Lewis's Moneyball.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 References 4 External links

Early life[edit] Morey graduated from Highland High School in Medina, Ohio[1] before receiving a bachelor's degree in computer science with an emphasis on statistics from Northwestern University in 1996,[2] as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Career[edit] Morey began his career as a principal consultant with an emphasis on sports at The Parthenon Group, a leading strategy consulting firm. He was also a statistical consultant with STATS, Inc., the industry pioneer in the use of sports statistics highlighted in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball.[citation needed] After the Parthenon Group, Morey served three years as SVP Operations for the Boston Celtics. While with the Celtics, he was given much responsibility for basketball operations, including the development of analytical methods and technology to enhance basketball decisions related to the draft, trades, free agency, and advanced scouting of opponents for the coaching staff.[citation needed] Morey was named assistant general manager of the Houston Rockets on April 3, 2006, and succeeded Carroll Dawson as general manager on May 10, 2007. His hiring followed the Moneyball trend of employing more advanced statistical-based analysis in addition to the traditional use of qualitative scouting and basic statistics.[3] Several teams have hired executives with non-traditional basketball backgrounds, but the Houston Rockets were the first NBA team to hire such a general manager. In the fall of 2012, he acquired All-Star James Harden via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. During Morey's tenure, the Rockets have not had a losing record and have advanced to the playoffs 5 times, including to the Western Conference Finals in 2015. Morey is the co-chairperson for the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He is also an avid Esports supporter and has attended MLG (Major League Gaming) events.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2009/03/nba_insider_going_way_beyond_t.html ^ http://northwestern.scout.com/2/971100.html ^ https://www.thestar.com/article/345327 Morey's 'Moneyball' approach paying off

External links[edit]

Daryl Morey on Twitter Ranking The Top 12 GMs In The NBA Right Now Chat Sports. September 1, 2017. Basketball’s Nerd King: How Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks. Slate. December 6, 2016. Moreyball Northwestern Magazine. Winter 2013. The Elephant on the Court - Predicting Performance in Basketball. The Economist. April 20, 2012. Success Comes From Better Data, Not Better Analysis. Harvard Business Review Blog Network. August 8, 2011. Discovering Hidden Gems: The Story of Daryl Morey, Shane Battier, and the Houston Rockets Harvard Business School. September 24, 2010. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference This year's conference is being held on March 6, 2010. The No-Stats All-Star The New York Times. February 13, 2009. How Do You Know ... This Game Isn't Rocket Science? ESPN The Magazine. October 22, 2008. Houston’s G.M. Is a Revolutionary Spirit in a Risk-Averse Mind The New York Times. January 28, 2008. Rocket Science: Daryl Morey Brings Hard-Core Statistical Analysis to the NBA Houston Press. November 1, 2007. 10 Questions with Daryl Morey ClutchFans. May 22, 2006. Daryl Morey Playlist Appearance on WMBR's Dinnertime Sampler March 3, 2004 Daryl Morey's Modified Pythagorean Theorem

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Current heads of basketball operations in the National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference


Danny Ainge (Boston Celtics) Sean Marks (Brooklyn Nets) Scott Perry (New York Knicks) Bryan Colangelo (Philadelphia 76ers) Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors)


John Paxson (Chicago Bulls) Koby Altman (Cleveland Cavaliers) Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons) Kevin Pritchard (Indiana Pacers) Jon Horst (Milwaukee Bucks)


Travis Schlenk (Atlanta Hawks) Buzz Peterson (interim) (Charlotte Hornets) Pat Riley (Miami Heat) John Hammond (Orlando Magic) Ernie Grunfeld (Washington Wizards)

Western Conference


Tim Connelly & Artūras Karnišovas (Denver Nuggets) Tom Thibodeau (Minnesota Timberwolves) Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder) Neil Olshey (Portland Trail Blazers) Dennis Lindsey (Utah Jazz)


Bob Myers (Golden State Warriors) Michael Winger (Los Angeles Clippers) Magic Johnson & Rob Pelinka (Los Angeles Lakers) Ryan McDonough (Phoenix Suns) Vlade Divac (Sacramento Kings)


Donnie Nelson (Dallas Mavericks) Daryl Morey (Houston Rockets) Chris Wallace (Memphis Grizzlies) Dell Demps (New Orleans Pelicans) R. C. Buford (San Antonio Spurs)

Note: Those listed here either hold the title President of Basketball Operations or General Manager, or both.

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Houston Rockets

Founded in 1967 Played in San Diego (1967–1971) Based in Houston, Texas


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Culture and lore

Red Rowdies ClutchFans Clutch City Clutch the Rockets Bear The Clock Incident 13 points in 35 seconds The Kiss of Death The Dream Shake 22 in a row Arrest of O. J. Simpson The Punch Dancing Barry

NBA Championships (2)

1994 1995

Western Conference Championships (4)

1981 1986 1994 1995


Owner Tilman Fertitta General Manager Daryl Morey Head Coach Mike D'Antoni

Retired numbers

11 22 23 24 34 45 CD

Most Valuable Players

Moses Malone Hakeem Olajuwon

Hall of Famers

Charles Barkley Rick Barry Clyde Drexler Elvin Hayes Moses Malone Tracy McGrady Calvin Murphy Dikembe Mutombo Hakeem Olajuwon Scottie Pippen Ralph Sampson Yao Ming

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Rio Grande Valley Vipers


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