Wizards, Mystics make history with hire of Dr. Katherine Evans to front office

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Monumental Basketball, which overseas the NBA's Wizards and WNBA's Mystics, has hired Dr. Katherine Evans to lead their research and analytics department as a vice president, making her the first woman to lead the analytics efforts of an NBA franchise.

The historic hire is yet another addition to the front office of the Wizards, which has been scaled up numerous times since they restructured in 2019 with Tommy Sheppard as general manager. Now they add Evans, who previously worked for the Toronto Raptors and has a doctorate in biostatistics from Harvard.

Evans had a wide-ranging role in Toronto. She helped lead research for the front office, coaching staff and medical department. She helped with data strategies for everything from draft prospect scouting to player evaluation to game-planning.

“I am very excited to join Monumental Sports & Entertainment,” Evans said in a press release. “I am looking forward to contributing to all the Monumental Basketball teams and to helping expand their analytics capabilities.”

Sashi Brown, Monumental Basketball's chief planning and operations officer, was quoted in the announcement, which suggests he was behind the hire. He was brought on board back in 2019 to help lead the Wizards' research and analytics. The Wizards have since made a series of analytics-driven hires to their front office and coaching staff, in addition to other moves to expand in international scouting, player development and wellness.

“Dr. Evans is an exceptional talent with a true passion for the game of basketball and is widely-respected within the league and academic circles,” Brown said. “She brings innovative approaches and perspectives and will be a great leader of our research department, which is charged with identifying competitive advantages for all of our athletes and our athlete care and performance team.”