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Sacramento Kings unabashedly lean on madding analytic crowd
Sacramento Kings unabashedly lean on madding analytic crowd

Some of the smartest guys involved in the Sacramento Kings' draft decisions were in the room next door. One was a quantitative investment fund manager. Another was a Duke history major. A third was an IT strategy consultant. None of the five analytic-minded fans had any previous front-office basketball experience. All were trying to help the Kings make the best use of the No. 8 pick in Thursday's draft, even if it meant trading the selection. In the hours before he would have to make his decision, Sacramento General Manager Pete D'Alessandro darted between one conference room with his staff and another with the newest members of the team's extended family. The...

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