|Born||1972 (age 44–45)
MIT Sloan School of Management
|Term||2007 - present|
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.
Morey graduated from Highland High School in Medina, Ohio before receiving a bachelor's degree in computer science with an emphasis on statistics from Northwestern University, 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.
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.
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. 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.
- http://www.thestar.com/article/345327 Morey's 'Moneyball' approach paying off
- Daryl Morey on Twitter
- Basketball’s Nerd King: How Daryl Morey used behavioral economics to revolutionize the art of NBA draft picks. Slate. December 6, 2016.
- Money Ballsy: Rockets G.M. Daryl Morey Takes a More Analytic View Than Other NBA Execs... Sports Illustrated. December 3, 2012.
- The Elephant on the Court - Predicting Performance in Basketball. The Economist. April 20, 2012.
- Success Comes From Better Data, Not Better Analysis. Harvard Business Review Blog Network. August 8, 2011.
- Discovering Hidden Gems: The Story of Daryl Morey, Shane Battier, and the Houston Rockets Harvard Business School. September 24, 2010.
- MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference This year's conference is being held on March 6, 2010.
- The No-Stats All-Star The New York Times. February 13, 2009.
- How Do You Know ... This Game Isn't Rocket Science? ESPN The Magazine. October 22, 2008.
- Houston’s G.M. Is a Revolutionary Spirit in a Risk-Averse Mind The New York Times. January 28, 2008.
- Rocket Science: Daryl Morey Brings Hard-Core Statistical Analysis to the NBA Houston Press. November 1, 2007.
- 10 Questions with Daryl Morey ClutchFans. May 22, 2006.
- Numbers game: Rockets hope GM-in-waiting turns out to be money Sports Illustrated: Marty Burns > Inside the NBA. April 25, 2006.
- Rockets see exec Morey as extra edge Houston Chronicle. April 16, 2006.
- Featured Alumni: Daryl Morey, MBA '00 MIT Sloan School of Management Alumni Network.
- Daryl Morey Playlist Appearance on WMBR's Dinnertime Sampler March 3, 2004