May 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy talks with small forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) during the second quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons assistant general managers Jeff Nix, Brian Wright and Ken Catanella establish roles

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Jeff Nix will be in charge of pro scouting. Brian Wright gets colleges and Ken Catanella gets advanced stats. #assistantGMs

That’s an interesting structure, though Stan Van Gundy has promised three assistant general managers since he began. Presumably, Nix, Wright and Catanella will report to general manager Jeff Bower, who will run the front office’s day-to-day operations during the season and report to Van Gundy. Logically, it makes sense to have one assistant GM focused on pro scouting and another on college. That’s nearly every base covered. (Areas like the D-League, while technically a pro league, get murky. Perhaps, with their own D-League team, the Pistons will assign someone in Grand Rapids to oversee D-League scouting.) What interests me is Catanella’s role as it relates to the rest of this framework. He definitely warrants the title of assistant general manager, but a lot of his work will surely be supporting Nix and Wright. Van Gundy could have easily placed Catanella lower on the organizational flow chart, beneath Nix and Wright. That he didn’t surely speaks to Catanella, but I also think it says something about Van Gundy’s respect for analytics. They’re not a small part of the decision-making process. They’re deserving of status on the same level as traditional scouting. That’s how I interpret it, anyway.

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