After helping the Warriors front office put together the team that won the title last season, the Hall of Famer is digging his heels in after adding yet another championship ring to his collection.
“All of the analytical guys that have started to play a big role in it, and frankly, I’m not a big analytical person,” West told Sirius XM on Friday. “Give me the best players, and give me a great coach, and we’ll beat these analytically-based organizations all the time.
“And I know they have their role. I know they have their place in basketball. But I see a lot of teams that follow that line, and I don’t see a lot of success there.
“I’m not knocking analytical people at all. But just give me the best players, and give me the best competitors, and I will show you a team that has a great chance to win every year.”
The Warriors can be considered an analytically-friendly organization. Coach Steve Kerr is open-minded to using the numbers to mold the team’s style of play. Assistant general manager Kirk Lacob is a major proponent. At the same time, general manager Bob Myers is among those who would agree with West that the Warriors are not analytically-based.
“What I like about our organization is we’ve got a guy like Jerry West in the room,” Myers told 95.7 The Game in February. “He’s leaning more towards the old school eye test, which is great. And somebody that’s well-qualified to take that position because he’s seen everything, has played, has played, has coached, has been a GM. So you listen to that point of view. Then we’ve got other younger guys that are the analytical component of our organization.
“When we make decisions, analytics are never more than 50 percent of the decisions. So that would lead you to think that the eye test is important. But it doesn’t mean we dismiss analytics out of hand. We don’t do that. We insert them in the equation of every decision we make. But I think sometimes if you use them to be greater than 50 percent of your decisions in the sense that they’re the majority of the decision, I think then that for us personally, we would stray from that type of thing.
“They do have value,” Myers added of analytics. “I definitely think they have value. You don’t have to feel threatened with them.”