Dallas Mavericks GM candidate to replace Donnie Nelson: 5. Shane Battier
Battier played 13 seasons in the NBA, including winning two championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He was an outstanding 3-and-D wing that retired in 2014 after playing for three different teams. The 6’8 forward also won an NCAA championship at Duke in 2001.
Battier joined the Heat’s front office in 2017 as the director of basketball development and analytics. He has discussed how he uses data to help players improve their games.
Battier is an intelligent guy with a ton of basketball knowledge to back up the numbers. The 13-year NBA veteran can use a combination of gut and analytics to get the most out of players. He does not have any experience as a general manager, but Battier would bring a fresh perspective and different approach to the Dallas Mavericks. If they are looking to make an outside hire of a first-time GM, Battier’s name should be at the top of the list.
Most likely, owner Mark Cuban will desire someone with more experience, but he is a staunch proponent of analytics. He has spoken at the Sloan Analytics Conference, and he sold a sports analytics company that he backed in 2019. Battier could bring his brand to Dallas with a bit of Heat culture, and the two-time NBA champion should be considered for the Mavericks opening if he is interested.
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