Basketball Data Scientist

Utah Jazz - Manager
Salt Lake City · UT
Player Operations: Team Administration/Operations
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The Utah Jazz are looking for a data scientist to perform modeling and analysis that will help inform basketball decision-making.

We are located in Salt Lake City, but are open to remote candidates.


  • Develop and maintain models to better predict basketball outcomes and facilitate better decision-making across Basketball Operations.
  • Perform ad hoc data analysis as necessary to help basketball decision-makers.
  • Interface with all departments within Basketball Operations (scouting, coaching, analytics, sports science) and strive to understand and meet their needs.
  • Identify, research, and implement opportunities for new models, data sources, and basketball analytics techniques.
  • Help maintain and test datasets used to perform analysis.
  • Maintain best practices for software development including test writing, documentation, and adherence to and improvement of coding standards.
  • Protect the reputation of the company.
  • Exemplify the Utah Jazz mission and values: transparency, all in, community obsessed, one team, and scrappy.
  • Accept other duties, as assigned.


  • Communicates effectively – Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness – Uses a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.


  • 2+ years of experience analyzing data and training statistical models in a production environment using Python or R.
  • 2+ years of experience with basketball data and the latest basketball analytics techniques.
  • 2+ years of experience with data visualization.
  • Expertise in statistics fundamentals and state-of-the-art predictive modeling techniques.
  • A desire to work in a startup-like environment where you will be empowered to make design decisions.
  • A track record of writing clean and well-documented code.
  • Bachelor’s in Statistics, Data Science, Math or equivalent experience.
  • Enthusiasm for basketball.
  • Nice to have experience with MLOps. 
  • Nice to have experience with SQL.
  • Nice to have experience with data engineering.


  • This person must be able to communicate and express themselves both written and verbally.
  • This person must be able to observe, inspect, estimate and assess.
  • This person must be able to sit for long periods of time.

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We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at [email protected] to request an accommodation.

Note: The need may arise to revise, supplement, or rescind portions of this job description, and Utah Jazz reserves the right to do so at any time. Employees shall be required to meet the qualifications and perform the duties of any revised job description.