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!
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!