Beyond The Arch: Introducing a New Way to Understand the Game

Brennan Ruby
Dec 4, 2019 · 6 min read

The concept of guards, forwards, and centers in the game of basketball are as old as the game itself. Somewhere around the 1980s, as the game evolved with the three point shot, we started to distinguish point guards from shooting guards and small forwards from power forwards. Even to this day we try to capture a player’s role and responsibilities with modern labels such as “combo guard” and “rim runner”. While I think we have come a long way in understanding the game and its positions, I have always wondered if we can leverage the new data at our…