The NBA Data Scientist

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  • Published: 17 May 2019
  • With her PhD in math, Ivana Seric had expected to wind up with a career in academia—but thanks to the growing use of statistical analysis in the NBA, she took a job with the Philadelphia 76ers instead. As a data scientist, she helps the team's coaches devise smarter strategies to win. Next Jobs is a mini-documentary series about careers of the future hosted by Bloomberg Technology's Aki Ito.

    Video by Tom Connors and David Nicholson
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Comments • 593

  • Aki Ito
    Aki Ito  4 months back

    As the Philadelphia 76ers were gearing up for the NBA playoffs last month, I spent a few days with one of their data scientists who's playing a behind-the-scenes part in their recent comeback. Do you think that analytics is changing the way your favorite pro sport is played?

    • dillcifer
      dillcifer  3 days back

      Aki Ito hi😋

    • dillcifer
      dillcifer  3 days back

      Wow, that was quite a lengthy followup for someone who doesn’t care.
      Why is this crazy boy trying to pick fights out of the blue? Do you think you know me?
      Just a reminder that mental health is a widespread struggle. Just not sure this is the place to address it.

    • ATHEIST
      ATHEIST  6 days back

      @dillcifer You're syh? I'm SMFH!!! The ignorance of your comment is a prime example of society today. All emotion.

      I never said numbers dont matter, the nba has used numbers for decades, also you fuckin idiot, analytics has been around before sheep like you found a way to be interested in sports. Analaytics is a part of every team for a few reasons, the most important is money, its a way to communicate with execs who want to translate activity into financial communication. Its a way fkr coaches to communicate goals to players, which is also a factor in hiring coaching staff... neither of these will make the team successful, not more than a gm who understands how to recognize natural instinct. Those are the most important. There are other reasons but Im sure you'll rage at those. Plus I've waisted enough time. I can tell you dont understand basketball because of your talent remark in response to my statement about how the rockets, a team that leads in analytical basketball cant easily beatx the warriors and how it translates to numbers, while not being the deciding the factor... all you did was ignorantly parot a part of what I said in a different way like a loud idiot... I'm not gonna read the other drivel you posted because I have better things to do. Blocked.

    • dillcifer
      dillcifer  6 days back

      Statistics are objective. They are absolute. They do not care what you think. Feelings or hunches have no bearing. When compiled data is accurate, many facets of our world can be quantified. If you want to go by instincts, do you. But in many instances, you will be giving a piece of your pie away if you live and die by instinct. There is a reason why analysts make up such a large portion of the workforce in 2019. The nba is just a very small portion of this vast field.

    • dillcifer
      dillcifer  6 days back

      ATHEIST If the numbers don’t mean anything, why does every team have multiple analysts to work through these numbers?
      Instinct? Warriors? Harden? Wtf?? Of course having the best players gives you an advantage. So does utilizing the players you have. Smh.

  • Yippie37
    Yippie37  1 weeks back

    She is a data scientist, and she can't tell that the reason there are less women hired as data scientists, is because less women pursue that carreer relative to men, and not because of a bias in the hiring process. She had equal chances when she sent her postulation than the men ceteris paribus.

    • manamiemyr
      manamiemyr  4 weeks back

      of course she's foreign. what was i thinking

      • Crypto Agent
        Crypto Agent  1 months back

        Kawhi ✋analyticaly imposible to stop :-)

        • khalish danial
          khalish danial  1 months back

          Thank you bloomberg. This was very knowledgable and it inspires me

          • zillBoy
            zillBoy  2 months back

            Cool, you love what you are doing!
            I'm also becoming a ML Engineer!

            • Mislav Krstulovic
              Mislav Krstulovic  2 months back

              Since I'm also from Croatia, currently a Computer science student and started playing basketball since I was 7, this inspired me immensely. I even wrote Ivana an email to which she unfortunately didn't respond, so I was thinking maybe you guys have some tips and guidance how to specialize in this concrete field (which literature, courses, basketball-related tips, anything).
              Thanks in advance!

              • Jaret Petras
                Jaret Petras  2 months back

                how can I get a career like this? I specfically want to work in sports and performance. will a masters degree in computer science/ data science help?

                • Travel Richie
                  Travel Richie  3 months back

                  Math in sport gives you an edge. Who knew!!

                  • Sagn C
                    Sagn C  3 months back

                    I can fully understand but it is really amazing how data science have enlarged the importance of such small areas which were neglected in the past.

                    • Batam City Tour
                      Batam City Tour  3 months back

                      USA will lost many of bright talents if they keep on limiting FOREIGNERS entering their country... She is a rare combo indeed

                      • Jeremy Cornwell
                        Jeremy Cornwell  3 months back

                        Lays with dog. Avoid at all cost

                        • Naked Eagle
                          Naked Eagle  3 months back

                          Half the phd grads are 'Data Scientists', just a glorified analyst.

                          • kübra kaya
                            kübra kaya  3 months back

                            she has a perfect job

                            • Thomas Müller
                              Thomas Müller  3 months back

                              Thats lady from my country.

                              • littlebrit
                                littlebrit  3 months back

                                I wonder how that job is interesting for her that she is PhD.

                                • Yousuf Sultan
                                  Yousuf Sultan  3 months back

                                  Narrativea

                                  • BMo
                                    BMo  3 months back

                                    Why does she needs a PHD to do this kind of work? One does not need a PHD to do that. Most of the work is already done for her by the software. I do the same type of work and I do not have a PHD, overrated.

                                    • Paul Pinto
                                      Paul Pinto  3 months back

                                      Nobody cares if you are a man or a woman if you're doing your job well

                                      • Lucky Valera
                                        Lucky Valera  4 months back

                                        IVANA AND SIXERS SUCKS !!!

                                        • Lucky Valera
                                          Lucky Valera  4 months back

                                          SHE FORGOT TO ANALize KAWAI BUZZER BEATER SHOT

                                          • HASHIRAMA SENJU
                                            HASHIRAMA SENJU  4 months back

                                            Not only she is smart but she is actually beautiful as well

                                            • KHS Dr.
                                              KHS Dr.  4 months back

                                              I think this job will replace for AI...
                                              I really wants be this job. But Fucking AI

                                              • manvir manj
                                                manvir manj  4 months back

                                                I have google.

                                                • Black Sheep
                                                  Black Sheep  4 months back

                                                  Those who can play coach; those who can't coach go in to journalism; those who are too pretentious for that get into analytics. Thus spoke Zarathustra...

                                                  • Zeafer Jones
                                                    Zeafer Jones  4 months back

                                                    This is the type of stat person a team needs. She is someone who is a numbers genius but knows enough about basketball to understand that the numbers change in certain situations. For example 3 pointers are better then 2 pointers but its easier for defenders to guard the 3 point line then it is the guard mid range shooters. The thing is since she is a basketball player she understands this while others will say, "all you have to do is shoot 3s and lay ups"

                                                    • domz dome
                                                      domz dome  4 months back

                                                      I think being a woman or female is already a disadvantage for them to compete to us men or males. Whether it is in sports or academics or even in tech and engineering. One big reason is that they are the one responsible for child bearing and mostly child rearing. I'm not saying it is not doable but it is an unfair disadvantage if they're competing with men.

                                                      • A Feng
                                                        A Feng  4 months back

                                                        我也想干这个,首钢要我吗?

                                                        • Rippy 888
                                                          Rippy 888  4 months back

                                                          I think this video is sort of pushing gender inequality. Which is all in a persons head. Look at this woman. She thought she couldn't get the job. But she got it. I don't see any reason why a woman could not do this job or any less capable than a man. I'm a male, diesel mechanic. I wish I was a scientist, if I wanted to, I could be one. I'm too lazy to go back to college and study for it I guess. I also suck at math. But if anyone wants to do something bad enough and the possibilites are reasonable, then it's just a matter of time. The fact that she thought she couldn't get the job was all inside of her head. Also you have to look at percentage of applicants for this job. The video stated only 26% data scientist were female, but you need to look at how many applicants were female vs male. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the majority of applicants were male, therefore more males hold that position because there were simply more males to have applied than females.

                                                          • Rippy 888
                                                            Rippy 888  4 months back

                                                            I think this video is sort of pushing gender inequality. Which is all in a persons head. Look at this woman. She thought she couldn't get the job. But she got it. I don't see any reason why a woman could not do this job or any less capable than a man. I'm a male, diesel mechanic. I wish I was a scientist, if I wanted to, I could be one. I'm too lazy to go back to college and study for it I guess. I also suck at math. But if anyone wants to do something bad enough and the possibilites are reasonable, then it's just a matter of time. The fact that she thought she couldn't get the job was all inside of her head. Also you have to look at percentage of applicants for this job. The video stated only 26% data scientist were female, but you need to look at how many applicants were female vs male. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that the majority of applicants were male, therefore more males hold that position because there were simply more males to have applied than females.

                                                            • Thomas Kim
                                                              Thomas Kim  4 months back

                                                              Data Scientist = Statistician

                                                              • Unlimited Cuber
                                                                Unlimited Cuber  4 months back

                                                                She really looks like loki *surprised pikachu face*

                                                                • jackhsien2002
                                                                  jackhsien2002  4 months back

                                                                  simply showing percentage of women data scientist does not justify that the field prefers man...

                                                                  • skalawitz
                                                                    skalawitz  4 months back

                                                                    The will to win.. I want to know the statistics or any specific number on each player about this.

                                                                    • DublinDapper
                                                                      DublinDapper  4 months back

                                                                      Jezez the gender aspect really wasn't necessary here

                                                                      • Kyrie English
                                                                        Kyrie English  4 months back

                                                                        00:31 she should teach Ben Simmons how to shoot...

                                                                        • HEtheMAN
                                                                          HEtheMAN  4 months back

                                                                          All the analytics in the world won’t help Ben Simmons get a jump shot 😂😂

                                                                          • Yian Chen
                                                                            Yian Chen  4 months back

                                                                            It is so motivated.

                                                                            • Chris Elipas
                                                                              Chris Elipas  4 months back

                                                                              What kind of bike is she riding

                                                                              • Mari E
                                                                                Mari E  4 months back

                                                                                She got a better jumper than Ben Simmons for real

                                                                                • Mari E
                                                                                  Mari E  4 months back

                                                                                  I would love a job like this. I'm working on my Master's in Business Analytics. Hopefully, I can land a job in something similar

                                                                                  • Drew
                                                                                    Drew  4 months back

                                                                                    You got this

                                                                                • Alvaro Hernando
                                                                                  Alvaro Hernando  4 months back

                                                                                  Having a PhD in math... 26% of Data Scientist in NBA are women... just wondering the amount of women having a PhD in maths...

                                                                                  • Radovan Zivkovic
                                                                                    Radovan Zivkovic  4 months back

                                                                                    Making something simple and creative into computer science . Were is this ship sailing ???

                                                                                    • Radovan Zivkovic
                                                                                      Radovan Zivkovic  4 months back

                                                                                      Adding all this science is not going to make you better , all it does is create unnecessary data that can't help anyone . On top of that , it makes team sport into individual farce . If it helps to better their health I am for it but not this . Learn the meaning of the word ignorance , because you lack knowledge of the game and what it should be .

                                                                                    • Hamish Robertson
                                                                                      Hamish Robertson  4 months back

                                                                                      that's so ignorant - are you scared of numbers or something?

                                                                                  • Chris Urena
                                                                                    Chris Urena  4 months back

                                                                                    thank steph curry for the way the game is played today

                                                                                    • Hassan Fakhreddine
                                                                                      Hassan Fakhreddine  4 months back

                                                                                      You mean Steph has created jobs in the US and aided in cutting down unemployment lol

                                                                                  • Kelvin Stanford
                                                                                    Kelvin Stanford  4 months back

                                                                                    A made up job. Their are super fans who are more knowledgeable and can predict who has a better jump, a better pick and roll and etc.

                                                                                  • Magnus Vern Magnum
                                                                                    Magnus Vern Magnum  4 months back

                                                                                    All this data stuff is bullshit. Keep relying on data, and enjoy losing before the conference finals

                                                                                    • Winston Thompson
                                                                                      Winston Thompson  4 months back

                                                                                      this was a great cover. data science for the win!!

                                                                                      • KAYFO
                                                                                        KAYFO  4 months back

                                                                                        There is a magnet in the ball and in the rim. NBA decide whether shot goes in or not...