Kirk Goldsberry’s Going Pro
For years, Kirk Goldsberry ’99 has been one of the most widely respected analytical minds in all of basketball. His work was prominently featured on ESPN websites, most notably the now-defunct Grantland (you might also remember that we featured him in our May/June 2015 issue). Goldsberry became famous for making maps that charted how NBA players shot from various areas of the floor. Here’s an example:
When he wasn’t writing about basketball, Goldsberry was a visiting scholar at Harvard; his projects included geographic education, space-time graphics, and mapping food environments and healthcare environments.
Now, Goldsberry has decided to commit full-time to hoops. He’s joining the San Antonio Spurs, long revered for being one of the more forward-thinking teams in the NBA when it comes to advanced statistical analysis. Goldsberry hasn’t said exactly what he’ll be doing for the five-time champions, but don’t be surprised if his expertise helps keep them near the top of the league.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor