Daryl Morey

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Daryl Morey
Born 1972 (age 44–45)
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Education Northwestern University
MIT Sloan School of Management
Employer Houston Rockets
Title General manager
Term 2007 - present[citation needed]
Predecessor Carroll Dawson
Spouse(s) Ellen

Daryl Morey (born 1972) is an American sports executive. He has been the general manager of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association since 2007. He is a strong proponent of analytical methods, having created the "true shooting percentage" statistic, and co-founded the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Morey's basketball philosophy, heavily reliant on analytics, favors three-point field goals over mid-range jumpers, has been dubbed "Moreyball", as a nod towards Michael Lewis's Moneyball.

Early life[edit]

Morey graduated from Highland High School in Medina, Ohio[1] before receiving a bachelor's degree in computer science with an emphasis on statistics from Northwestern University,[2] as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Morey began his career as a principal consultant with an emphasis on sports at The Parthenon Group, a leading strategy consulting firm. He was also a statistical consultant with STATS, Inc., the industry pioneer in the use of sports statistics highlighted in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball.[citation needed]

After the Parthenon Group, Morey served three years as SVP Operations for the Boston Celtics. While with the Celtics, he was given much responsibility for basketball operations, including the development of analytical methods and technology to enhance basketball decisions related to the draft, trades, free agency, and advanced scouting of opponents for the coaching staff.[citation needed]

Morey was named assistant general manager of the Houston Rockets on April 3, 2006, and succeeded Carroll Dawson as general manager on May 10, 2007. The team has not had a losing record ever since Morey took over. In Fall 2012, he acquired superstar James Harden via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets made the Western Conference Finals in 2015 and have advanced several times in the playoffs in his tenure.

His hiring followed the Moneyball trend of employing more advanced statistical-based analysis in addition to the traditional use of qualitative scouting and basic statistics.[3] Several teams have hired executives with non-traditional basketball backgrounds, but the Houston Rockets were the first NBA team to hire such a general manager. However, in 10 years as general manager, Morey has yet to have a team make an NBA Finals. In his tenure, the Houston Rockets have lost in the First Round four times, in the Second Round two times, in the Conference Finals one time, and missed the playoffs entirely three times. This has called into question the efficacy of having a general manager who keenly focuses on advanced analytics.

Morey is the co-chairperson for the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He is also an avid Esports supporter and has attended MLG (Major League Gaming) events.[citation needed]


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