Thank you for reading The F5
It's been fun!
It’s time to shut this newsletter down.
I recently accepted a job with the New York Knicks to become the coordinator of coaching analytics, which means this is my last post.
I launched this newsletter back in January without any expectations. I figured if I got a few dozen people to subscribe then I could justify the amount of basketball I was watching. Instead, around three thousand people signed up and this newsletter became something I looked forward to putting together each week.
Without endorsement and shout outs from people I admire like Henry Abbott, Ben Falk, Seth Partnow, Kevin Pelton, and many others I doubt The F5 would have grown the way it has. I know how difficult it can be to get traction on something like this unless you’re already established or someone who is established gives you a signal boost. With that in mind, I recommend following the work of these somewhat lesser known NBA analytics people:
I don’t have much advice to give to anyone who is looking to get a job in the NBA. I got lucky. Right time, right place. But everything you’ve seen or heard about increasing your chances of snagging a job in the NBA is probably true.
Do the job before you have it and show your work. Do whatever you want, but I think it’s important that if you’re going to work for free, you should work for yourself. For me, that meant starting a newsletter and writing tutorials on how to work with public NBA data. For you, it might mean building a draft model or creating a database of something that isn’t publicly tracked. What I found most helpful was sticking to a weekly schedule and writing things up instead of just creating charts and posting them on social media.
I hope you enjoyed reading The F5 as much as I enjoyed writing it. I also hope you learned something. And if not, then I at least hope you enjoyed the colors, fonts, and typos in my charts.
If you’re a free subscriber to The F5, this will be the last email you’ll get from me. If you signed up for a paid subscription, please be on the lookout for a separate email later today with details regarding your refund and access to the archives.