NBA Controversy: Sacramento Kings Part Ways With Analytics Head Dean Oliver
The turmoil in Sacramento Kings this summer continues to remain unresolved.
The offseason at Kings, which saw a bitter power struggle between George Karl and superstar DeMarcus Cousins, moves during free agency in pursuit of a very unlikely playoff berth.
Now the franchise has decided to part ways with a notable member of the front office, Dean Oliver. The latest decision raises more questions about the future of the team in this coming season.
Dean Oliver was hired as the team’s director of player personnel and analytics last September. Oliver, the author of the book, “Basketball On Paper,” regarded as a foundational text of the advanced analytics movements, was having a confrontation with Vlade Divac, the man taking lead role in Kings’ basketball-related decisions in the recent months.
The high-profile former ESPN analytics guru was told by Kings’ VP Divac not to attend NBA summer league at Vegas, though Oliver attended the tournament and was seen with Kings’ coaching team. But he was not permitted there in his official capacity with the team.
The news is shocking as Oliver was the first choice of franchise owner Vivek Ranadive.