Scouting: Insightful article.

bajaden

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#1
Not sure this is the right forum for this, but every year people on this forum question how much effort is put into scouting players. Gee, I wonder if Vlade ever saw this player play? Gee, if we didn't bring them in for a workout, do we really know anything about them? This article not only gives you a look at the life of an NBA scout, but the work that goes into scouting each player. It's a bit long, but worth the read.

One thing you should come away with is that yes, the Kings, and the rest of the teams in the league spend a lot of time and money trying to find out as much as possible about the players they draft, and also about the players they might trade for.

http://hoopshype.com/2017/06/20/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-life-as-an-nba-scout/
 

Telemachus

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#2
Not sure this is the right forum for this, but every year people on this forum question how much effort is put into scouting players. Gee, I wonder if Vlade ever saw this player play? Gee, if we didn't bring them in for a workout, do we really know anything about them? This article not only gives you a look at the life of an NBA scout, but the work that goes into scouting each player. It's a bit long, but worth the read.

One thing you should come away with is that yes, the Kings, and the rest of the teams in the league spend a lot of time and money trying to find out as much as possible about the players they draft, and also about the players they might trade for.

http://hoopshype.com/2017/06/20/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-life-as-an-nba-scout/
Great article. Worth taking the time to read it.
 

allrightythen

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#3
It's kind of a risky job. There is some science to it, but you're talking about projecting individual potential which is affected by so many unseen and immeasurable factors. I would hate that kind of work. I don't mind it as a hobby where I know my opinion doesn't determine my future employment :p.
 

bajaden

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#4
It's kind of a risky job. There is some science to it, but you're talking about projecting individual potential which is affected by so many unseen and immeasurable factors. I would hate that kind of work. I don't mind it as a hobby where I know my opinion doesn't determine my future employment :p.
LOL! Yeah, but I think for some it's a labor of love. But your right, there's definitely a lack of job security there. Not the best job for a family man. In many ways though, they are the unsung hero's of the team they work for. A GM is only as good as his scouting dept. I think that's born out by the fact that when asked who had the best scouting dept, they all said the Spurs.
 

Telemachus

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#5
LOL! Yeah, but I think for some it's a labor of love. But your right, there's definitely a lack of job security there. Not the best job for a family man. In many ways though, they are the unsung hero's of the team they work for. A GM is only as good as his scouting dept. I think that's born out by the fact that when asked who had the best scouting dept, they all said the Spurs.
I think this is also evident in King's history. Petrie helped establish a very good scouting dept. when he got here. When the Maloof's money started getting tight, the scouting dept was one of the first places to get cut way back.