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Houston Rockets promote Eli Witus to Vice President of Basketball Operations

Even with the changes since, he still plans to fill the openings with promotions and adjustments in responsibilities, moving up Basketball Operations Analysts Monte McNair and Eli Witus, Director of Player Personnel Gianlucca Pascucci and Personnel Scout Jim Paulus.

The LinkedIn profile for the Harvard Law educated Witus confirms the promotion.  As it has now been over a month since the news, I’m embarrassed to just now be finding out.  (In my defense, that Chronicle piece went to press on the eve of the Texas Bar Exam and at that point, I think even news of WWIII would have passed me by…)

It’s significant because Witus authored the Count the Basket blog, an absolute treasure trove of NBA advanced statistical insight, prior to his hiring by the Houston Rockets back in 2008.  Now with the promotion, only the Memphis Grizzlies’ John Hollinger parallels among high ranking league executives as someone for whom fans/journalists can find publicly available writings for a glimpse into their mindsets/biases.

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