Always a prestigious list, the Forbes' 30 Under 30 initiative recognizes 30 young professionals making a large impact in their industry,
The sports list contains professional athletes, lawyers, and, yes, analytics people. Here are the number-crunchers represented in the 2014 Forbes' 30 Under 30: Sports Edition.
Muthu Alagappan (23) - The Stanford medical student has redefined the traditional positions in basketball. His statistical analysis has revealed that a team actually has 13 positions, not five. His analysis on the topic won first place at the 2012 Sloan Sports Conference. Alagappan currently consults for several NBA teams. His newest project focuses on injury prediction.
Shane Kupperman (28) - Kupperman started as a Basketball Operations assistant for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans and has since worked his way up to Director of Basketball Operations. Kupperman, the youngest in the NBA to hold such a title, oversees the Pelicans' analytics department.