The Positionless NBA: Grouping players using performance stats

Nikola Jokic is one of the most unique players in the NBA today. He is 7 feet tall but can pass like a point guard, shoot the three and has arguably the best vision among all players regardless of position, however, he is listed as a centre purely based on his height. He is redefining how the league classifies players because as a centre he averaged 7.3 assists per game and brings up the ball regularly for the Nuggets. Basketball is becoming more positionless with each season, so it is a wonder why the NBA continues to segment players with the outdated 5 positions. Instead of putting players into positions based on height and traditional labels, it would be more beneficial to sort the players based on their stats. In this QSAO article, we analyse and group NBA players using important statistical indicators.