Episode 231 : Seth Partnow On Metrics & Getting Better Every Day

Featured Guest: Seth Partnow

  • May 14, 2021

“You don’t want to be asked a performance metric question, you want to be asked a performance question about those things that are actually your job”

Seth Partnow covers the NBA and basketball analytics for The Athletic. He resides in Milwaukee and was formerly the Director of Basketball Research for the Milwaukee Bucks. He joins us to discuss how metrics can be leveraged to help us get better every day, why selecting the right metrics requires diversity, and the critical need for coaching to turn metrics into actual improvement. This was a unique and fantastic conversation filled with brilliant analogies to the analytics revolution in sports.

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Key Learnings

1. Wherein I start out with the wrong question

2. Framing analytics in a way that gets buy-in from a team and minimizing observer effect

3. Why agreement around objectives is the right place to start in selecting metrics

4. The importance of a diverse group selecting what we should be measuring

5. Reframing use of metrics as art instead of a binary entity

6. The critical impact of coaching the skills that are being measured

7. Pitch framing in baseball as an analogy for why we must look for more robust metrics

8. Why it’s critical that training tracks towards the asks being made of a person


Twitter: @sethpartnow

Seth’s page at The Athletic

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