The NBA Geek has an opening day present for you!

One of the common arguments we get into around here is position adjustments for players. Unlike most metrics, Wins Produced grades players based on the position they play. This makes sense as most people agree that the responsibilities of a center (stay close to the hoop and get easy shots and rebounds) are different than say a point guard (stay on the perimeter and distribute the ball) For most players this works well. How about the players that are questionable? Players like LeBron or Dirk can play a range of positions! Our past work has either had someone manually set the minutes or an algorithm decide. Well today, Patrick (@nbageek) from has given us the ability to compare! (Full write up here)

Now you can decide the position you want to assign the player (within reason of course) and that lets us revisit a fun topic – Dirk as a small forward!

Numbers from the NBA Geek

POS Min WP48 PoP48 Wins PTS DRB ORB REB AST TO BLK STL PF
James SF 2326 .358 8.0 17.3 34.7 8.2 1.9 10.2 8.0 4.4 1.0 2.4 2.0
Ariza SF 1350 .136 1.1 3.8 15.8 6.2 1.5 7.6 4.8 2.7 0.9 2.5 2.6
Nowitzki SF 2079 .136 1.1 5.8 31.0 8.6 1.1 9.7 3.1 2.7 0.7 1.0 3.0
Average PF PF 1307 .099 0.0 2.7 19.6 7.9 3.6 11.5 2.4 2.4 1.6 1.3 4.5
Average SF SF 1326 .099 0.0 2.7 19.5 5.8 1.6 7.4 3.4 2.5 0.8 1.6 3.4

If we break it down, yes Dirk is much better as a small forward than a power forward. Of course, he’s closer to Trevor Ariza than to LeBron James (the definition of a Small Forward star)

So now you can take a look at how your players that shift positions do when compared at each! Happy opening day!

-Dre

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