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Wizards hire analytics expert Dean Oliver... as assistant coach

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards watches the play from the sidelines in the second half of an NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on December 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Pistons defeated the Wizards 106-95. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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Dean Oliver literally wrote the book on basketball analytics. He has worked for multiple NBA teams, most recently the Kings.

In 2019, every NBA team has an analytics specialist in its front office. Those hires are no longer notable.

But there’s a twist on the Wizards hiring Oliver.

Wizards release:

Oliver, widely known as a pioneer in sports analytics, will bring his skillset to the coaching staff.

Oliver isn’t totally a one-trick pony. He played and assistant-coached at Cal Tech.

All teams use statistics for in-game strategy.

But few teams have a coach who’s so analytically focused. It’ll be interesting to see how Washington utilizes Oliver.