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Sports Analytics and Data Science: Winning the Game with Methods and Models by Thomas W. Miller

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2. Assessing Players

Pete: “Gus, did you ever think in a million years computers would be a part of this game?”

Gus: “Computers? Anyone uses computers doesn’t know a damn thing about this game.”

Pete: “You know, if you wanted to, you could access any high school or college roster, pull the stats on any player at any time. You wouldn’t have to waste your time with all these papers.”

Gus: “I’m not wasting my time. I enjoy doing this.”

Pete: “You know, they got a special program now that can calculate a player’s stats and, based on the competition he’s seen, tell you whether or not he’s ready for the next level. You believe that?”

Gus: “Yeah, what else does it tell you? When to scratch your ass?”

Pete: “I don’t like them either, but they’re part ...

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