Basketball Actually Has 13 Positions, Not Five

Muthu Alagappan, a Stanford senior, used topological data analysis to discover the types of roles basketball players fill on the court, beyond the typical five positions of point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center. Alagappan used software to crunch a data set of last season’s stats for 452 NBA players and discovered that players can be broken down into one of 13 roles.

Think of his analysis as the basketball version of what Moneyball did to baseball. Given how terrible most NBA GMs are, they should probably hire Alagappan to fill out their roster.

[via kottke]

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