Daryl Morey joined the Rockets as General Manager in 2006 with the idea of launching data-driven decision-making on the team. This included the draft elections.
In 2007 they already had their first model. His first choice was a 22-year-old boy who surpassed the rest in that model.
A picture of this guy was found with a baby face and a , fluffy body … and someone from the scout team nicknamed him Man Boobs.
Man Boobs here, Man Boobs there … At the end, Morey doubted and was not brave enough to push his model in front of the traditional scouting methods, his team of scouters influenced enough.
Grizzlies choose him later in the 48th position. Man Boobs was Marc Gasol.
Morey banned the motes in the selections of players and the following year relied on his model.
Collected from the book “The Undoing Project”, by Michael Lewis.