The 13 Positions of Basketball and Other Insights from Topological Data Analysis (TDA

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Our Problem with Positions
1. Oversimplification of the number of basketball positions 2. Incorrect classification of players into basketball positions

Result: Positions do not accurately reflect playing styles

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Positions do not accurately reflect Playing Styles

Small Forward

LeBron James

Shane Battier

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Topological Data Analysis

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452 NBA Players, 7 Normalized Statistics

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One-of-a-kind Role Player Scoring Big

Role Playing Small

Shooting Ball Handler

All-NBA 1st Team

All-NBA 2nd Team

Combo Ball Handler

3PT Rebounder Paint Protector

O ensive Ball Handler Defensive Ball Handler
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Scoring Paint Protector

Use Case: Finding Value

Defensive Ball Handlers

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NBA Players 2010-2011: Topological Map of the NBA

Use Case: Team Analysis

Role Player (Jason Kidd, Brian Cardinal)

Scoring Big (Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion)

One-of-a-kind (Ian Mahinmi, Dominique Jones)

Role Playing Small (DeShawn Stevenson, Corey Brewer)

Shooting Ball Handler (Rodrigue Beaubois) All-NBA 2nd Team (Caron Butler)

All-NBA

Combo Ball Handler (Jose Barea)

3PT Rebounder (Peja Stojakovic) Paint Protector (Brendan Haywood, Tyson Chandler)

O ensive Ball Handler (Jason Terry) Defensive Ball Hander

Scoring Paint Protector

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NBA Players 2010-2011: Topological Map of the NBA

Use Case: Player Personnel

Delonte West

Lamar Odom

Tyson Chandler

Caron Butler JJ Barea

Stojakovic Vince Carter

Departing players in white, Arriving players in red
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