NBA: Boston Celtics Hire Statistician Drew Cannon

The Boston Celtics hired statistics guru Drew Cannon to help new head coach Brad Stevens.

Jul 11 2013, 7:29pm CDT | by

NBA: Boston Celtics Hire Statistician Drew Cannon
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The Boston Celtics hired statistics guru Drew Cannon to help new head coach Brad Stevens

The 23-year-old Cannon, who worked alongside Stevens at Butler University last season, focused on lineup analysis. After every game, he was known to send Stevens e-mails centered on numerical breakdown which were 10 pages in length. Stevens labeled Cannon's work "unreal." 

The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes says Cannon was a great fit at Butler's basketball program as it tried its best to use advanced statistical metrics to its advantage. His research which includes lineups, substitution patterns and other important data made him a tremendous asset. 

Holmes also maintains that prior to getting the job with the Bulldogs, Cannon wrote in-depth basketball analytics articles that eventually caught Stevens' eye. The head coach offered him a job on his staff, making him the first purely statistics-based hire in college basketball. 

Stevens says Cannon's role with the Celtics has yet to be officially named. 

"I don't know exactly where everything stands, but I think he's definitely going to be on board in some capacity. Where that is and who he reports to, I'm not exactly sure yet."

Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer confirms this to be true as of July 11 but also writes Cannon is expected not to sit beside Stevens on the Celtics bench as was the case at Butler. 

Cannon had an early start in basketball analytics. When he was 15, he was on an intership with recruiting guru Dave Telep which saw him developing statistical formulas which were meant to gauge a high school player's success. 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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