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John Wall’s Personal Stat Guy Elevates Game

June 12th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Andy Livingston

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Last month in the New York Times, Scott Cacciola published a piece on NBA stars hiring their own personal statisticians. The piece focused on Justin Zormelo, a 30-year old with a finance degree from Georgetown.

Among Zormelo's many clients include Maryland native Kevin Durant and Wizards point guard, John Wall.

The piece highlights a particular interaction where he guides Wall after his poor 4 of 14 performance in Game 1 in the series against the Chicago Bulls. Zormelo pointed out Wall's indecisiveness in texts and an email that followed the game. Wall took in the information and ended the series averaging 19.7 PPG and 7 assists and a series win against the Bulls.

The risk of a personal statistician is that the information provided to the player might be clashing  with the team goals in order to secure more wins. Zormelo has only been providing his personal services since 2011, so our availability to this data is pretty small. We also haven't heard any reports of conflicts from coaching in regards to these evaluations. But there have been too many conflicts to list in regards to team play versus a player chasing stats.

John Wall has bought into the support of Randy Wittman AND sought the services of Justin Zormelo. The combination of buying in and buying out lead to Wall's best season as a Wizard and leading the team into the second round of the playoffs. Using a multitude of systems including the rotation of advance stats along with PPG and Free Throw percentage will help advance the talents of NBA players. But a balanced approach including buying into the coach and team philosophy will bring championships. 


Tags: Basketball, John Wall, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards

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