"He has a vision," says Sixers forward Robert Covington.
"We're going to turn this around." While not as drastic as the Sixers' scorched-earth model, Houston has made metrics the foundation of its revival.
Baseball America has called Miami "among the game's more scouting-orientated organizations," which is simply code for a non-sabermetric approach.
GM Dan Jennings has a scouting background and new skipper Mike Redmond doesn't have an inclination for metrics, having spent most of his catching tenure with the Marlins and Twins, who are also analtyics skeptics.
Now "Moreyball" -- an up-tempo system that eschews midrange shots in favor of fast breaks and 3s -- is the NBA standard.
Moneyball is alive and well in Oakland, but since that seminal book was published in '03, the league has upped its investment in sabermetrics, closing the gap on Billy Beane. In 2009, GM Stan Bowman became one of the first NHL execs to hire an outside analytics firm -- half a decade before 2014's "Summer of Analytics" hit the ice.
Beane, the Rays were the first MLB team to go all-in on analytics and reach the promised land.
Since 2008, when it appeared in the World Series, Tampa Bay has been No.
Don't get your hopes up for a change with Ryan gone.
New GM Mike Maccagnan and new coach Todd Bowles likewise sport old-school credentials and were not hired to spearhead a stats awakening for Gang Green -- Maccagnan brings a scouting background (read: the good ol' eye test) from Houston and Bowles comes from Arizona, two franchises that remain skeptical of analytics.