Daniel Morey – President of Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers
Daniel Morey currently serves as president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), having previously held general manager duties for Houston Rockets from 2007-20. His basketball philosophy heavily relies on analytics – hence its nickname of “Moreyball”. Morey’s research interests center around international relations and conflict management with particular focus on military coalitions and centralized command structures.
Daryl Morey is an integral component of one of the NBA’s most promising franchises – Philadelphia 76ers. He’s known for his analytical approach that favors three-point field goals over midrange jumpers, co-founding the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference as well as building one of their most successful teams before trading James Harden to Philadelphia in 2020. Morey was embroiled in controversy in 2019 when he tweeted support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Professor Morey is known for his expertise in international relations, international conflict resolution and coalition command structures. His articles have appeared in renowned publications like American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly and Conflict Management and Peace Science.
Morey was an integral member of the Richland Police Department for over two decades, serving as both an officer and Santa Claus at local malls. Morey’s Investigations provided various investigative services for area attorneys such as taking photographs, interviewing witnesses and collecting physical evidence at accident scenes.
Morey was said to be concerned that his tweet supporting Hong Kong activists in 2019 caused an uproar with Chinese authorities, leading to millions in lost NBA revenues and thousands in missed revenues for both his previous team, the Houston Rockets, and future employers such as Philadelphia 76ers. However, ultimately he left both roles to become President of Basketball Operations with Philadelphia 76ers instead.
Morey led the Houston Rockets to nine playoff appearances and two Western Conference Finals titles during his time with them, featuring no losing records and creating and co-founding an annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Additionally, Morey is known for being a strong advocate for analytical methods by creating true shooting percentage statistic and co-founding annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conferences.
Michael Lewis featured Morey as one of his “nerd heroes” in The Undoing Project book, exploring how Morey employed similar analytical methods used by Billy Beane with Oakland Athletics to form Houston Rockets into a powerful NBA franchise.
Morey left the Rockets in 2020 to become President of Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he reunited with former coach Doc Rivers of Houston Rockets. Morey is an enthusiastic supporter of Esports events like MLG events as well as owning an LCS championship series eSports team called Clutch Gaming.