The NBA Data Scientist




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With her PhD in math, Ivana Seric had expected to wind up with a career in academia—but thanks to the growing use of statistical analysis in the NBA, she took a job with the Philadelphia 76ers instead. As a data scientist, she helps the team’s coaches devise smarter strategies to win. Next Jobs is a mini-documentary series about careers of the future hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito.

Video by Tom Connors and David Nicholson

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  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Hopefully they weren't behind that Al Harford signing.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Literally am going to be a data scientist because of this. I hope I can work for an mls team with data analytics with my soccer background. Amazing and inspiring video.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Ahhhhh Daryl morey it's gonna be happy with this analytics team

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    I can't imagine doing a better job: using state-of-the-art techniques and facilities to enhance the usefulness of a subject I love to analyse a sport I love.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    I’d hardly say the 76ers have an advantage over anybody lol

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    After current season, 6ers need to reassess the standards of competency of these data scientists lol

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    She’s a badass

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    lmao 76ers are fucking tryhards

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    NBA data scientist would have Shaq sitting on the 3 pt line. These teams launching 3's left and right aren't winning championships. Even the Warriors in their run weren't chucking 3's left and right.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    It's a bunch bs

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    This video was awesome!

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    She is awesome

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    She is a data scientist, and she can't tell that the reason there are less women hired as data scientists, is because less women pursue that carreer relative to men, and not because of a bias in the hiring process. She had equal chances when she sent her postulation than the men ceteris paribus.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    of course she's foreign. what was i thinking

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Kawhi ✋analyticaly imposible to stop 🙂

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Thank you bloomberg. This was very knowledgable and it inspires me

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Cool, you love what you are doing!
    I'm also becoming a ML Engineer!

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Since I'm also from Croatia, currently a Computer science student and started playing basketball since I was 7, this inspired me immensely. I even wrote Ivana an email to which she unfortunately didn't respond, so I was thinking maybe you guys have some tips and guidance how to specialize in this concrete field (which literature, courses, basketball-related tips, anything).
    Thanks in advance!

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    how can I get a career like this? I specfically want to work in sports and performance. will a masters degree in computer science/ data science help?

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Math in sport gives you an edge. Who knew!!

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    I can fully understand but it is really amazing how data science have enlarged the importance of such small areas which were neglected in the past.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    USA will lost many of bright talents if they keep on limiting FOREIGNERS entering their country… She is a rare combo indeed

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Lays with dog. Avoid at all cost

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Half the phd grads are 'Data Scientists', just a glorified analyst.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Thats lady from my country.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    I wonder how that job is interesting for her that she is PhD.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Narrativea

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Why does she needs a PHD to do this kind of work? One does not need a PHD to do that. Most of the work is already done for her by the software. I do the same type of work and I do not have a PHD, overrated.

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Nobody cares if you are a man or a woman if you're doing your job well

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    IVANA AND SIXERS SUCKS !!!

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    Not only she is smart but she is actually beautiful as well

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    I think this job will replace for AI…
    I really wants be this job. But Fucking AI

  • Bloomberg QuickTake
    November 12, 2020

    I have google.

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