The Memphis Grizzlies took a page from baseball's "Moneyball" strategy and made a hire out of left field.
The NBA team hired John Hollinger, an ESPN writer and analyst, as its vice president of basketball operations. Also, the team hired Stu Lash as director of player personnel and basketball development.
Both will work in basketball operations under general manager Chris Wallace.
Hollinger, who has covered the NBA for ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the Oregonian, has become known for creating unique basketball analytics the way Bill James did for baseball. Hollinger has created a variety of player analytics and statistics, including the Player Efficiency Rating.
Lash was a vice president for basketball operations with Lagardere Unlimited, a sports management firm. Previously, he worked for five years in the front office of the Denver Nuggets.
Also, the Grizzlies promoted Chantal Hassard to director of team operations. She will manage the team's administrative systems.