What sports analytics can teach business managers

What’s the worst sports decision ever made?

Ask MIT Sloan’s

and he’ll tell you it was Michael Jordan not being the No. 1 pick during the 1984 NBA draft.

“Obviously hindsight is 20-20,” said Shields, a senior lecturer in managerial communications. “In the end, when you combine both the on-court success that he had, as well as the off-court business success that he had, I think that’s a really tough one to defend.”

The Portland Trail Blazers’ draft pick distinguishes itself among terrible choices, but there are plenty of examples of smart thinking in athletics — namely, using analytics in decision-making.