The Dallas Mavericks have hired former professional sports gambler Bob Voulgaris as director of quantitative research and development, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
Voulgaris is known for his vast array of knowledge on sports betting, analytics and analogies on players, coaches and referees across the NBA. This caught the attention of the Mavericks, who are expected to be led by Luka Doncic, DeAndre Jordan and Dennis Smith Jr. this season.
Voulgaris, who’s amassed well over 100,000 followers on Twitter, has spent recent years dispensing his information, opinions and predictions on social media. This dramatically helped increase his following and land a job with the Mavericks.
In part, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is expected to utilize Voulgaris as a strategic thinker who will help examine on-court strategy in big-picture ways.
The state-by-state legalization of sports gambling has inspired the NBA and teams to better harness information and betting expertise to create revenue, and advance the gathering of information.