Kings using crowdsourcing, analytics to help with draft pick — and you can get in their war room
Most likely the Sacramento Kings will pick seventh in the upcoming NBA draft. There is a slim chance (3.6 percent) they could slide into the top three, there is a slightly larger chance someone leapfrogs them and they draft a slot or two lower, but most likely it is seventh (providing they don’t make a trade).
That means someone like Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, maybe Arizona’s Aaron Gordon.
The Kings want to know who you would pick. More importantly, they want to know why — they want to see your analytics.
They set up the draft challenge where you can not only rank the players but show your methodology. Sufficiently impress Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro and you can be part of a draft counsel and be invited to the War Room.
The Kings announced this in the most techie way possible — on reddit. Here is what D’Alessandro said.
The Web site has you ranking guys by position, top 5 at a spot out of a possible 10. There are no internationals on the list, so for example with point guards you don’t have to decide if you have Dante Exum over Marcus Smart.
But what the Kings really want is the attached files of in-depth research and analysis.
Maybe the Kings find some great information this way, maybe not. But it’s a great interactive move by D’Alessando and owner Vivek Ranadivé to tap into the analytics community, get them involved. It’s a smart move either way, with little to no downside.