DiLeo ready to call the shots as 76ers GM

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tony DiLeo worked two decades with the 76ers watching general managers apply every philosophy toward crafting an NBA champion.

None of them have worked.

DiLeo is about to try a radical one of his own.

DiLeo, introduced Monday as Philadelphia's new general manager, is a firm believer in analytics and wants the Sixers to use the Moneyball-type of thinking popularized in baseball. Rebounds, points and assists only tell a slice of a player's worth. DiLeo said there are alternative — and complex — ways of calculating a player's value that won't ever appear in "Harvey Pollack's Statistical Yearbook."

"We're going to try and bring someone in that's an expert in statistics and analytics, just to give us a competitive edge over these other organizations that don't do it or are not at that level," DiLeo said.

His methods are one of the reasons the Joshua Harris-led ownership group promoted DiLeo after a summer spent talking to other candidates. Ownership had also praised DiLeo for his role in acquiring All-Star center Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal.

Bynum's arrival has the Sixers pegged as team that could stretch as far as the Eastern Conference finals.

When training camp open next week, Bynum will be the focus. The big question is how Bynum's knees respond to treatment he had done last week in Germany. Bynum had injections of plasma-rich platelets that supposedly stimulate healing in arthritis-affected areas in both of his knees.

DiLeo said Bynum was feeling great and was cleared to play in camp.

Bynum could be joined by former All-Star Josh Howard, who has visited the team. The Sixers want to add a couple of more players to the camp roster.

That will be DiLeo's call as tries to lead the Sixers to their first championship since 1983.

"We know we don't have a perfect roster," DiLeo said. "This year will be more of a transition year."

DiLeo had held about every position with the Sixers for 23 years, even leading them to the playoffs in 2009 in a brief stint as head coach.

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