Data Analysis Creates 13 New Basketball Positions
We know about the five basic, traditional positions in basketball: Point guard, shooting guard, small and power forwards and a center. Muthu Alagappan, a Stanford student and data viz fiend, analyzed the stats of 452 NBA players, created performance associations between various stat fields, and came up with a more detailed spectrum of 13 different position types.
Players who play the same traditional position often have completely different styles and skills, and vice versa. Do you know the difference between a Paint Protector and a Scoring Paint Protector? A Combo Ball-Handler and a Defensive Ball-Handler? If you’re a true fan, maybe you should.