The Nuggets are promoting Tommy Balcetis to an assistant general manager position, according to Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas (Twitter link).
Balcetis, who was initially hired by the Nuggets in 2013 as the team’s basketball analytics manager, served as Denver’s VP of basketball strategy and analytics this past season.
A native of Lithuania who went to school at Harvard, Balcetis built up a Nuggets analytics department that was “practically non-existent” when he joined the organization, as Kendra Andrews of The Athletic detailed in June.
When Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas opted to leave the organization for the Bulls’ head of basketball operations earlier this year, assistant general manager Calvin Booth was promoted to fill the GM vacancy. Based on Urbonas’ report, it sounds like Balcetis will, in turn, be elevated to fill the position opened by Booth’s promotion.