Dean Oliver is one of basketball's pioneers of advanced analytics and participated in a discussion about its place in the game.
Oliver was asked to dispel the myth that "stat guys don't even watch the games."
"A good scout, a good analyst, they go and they watch the game," said Oliver. "Your eyes see the game much better than the numbers. But the numbers see all the games. And that's a big deal....They see all the detail and they really get you a lot of the story....Watching on video and going to games, those add different components to what the numbers can give you....And then there are other things that you have to talk to people about. You have to talk to the coaches."
Oliver currently works for Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento Kings.