They aren't guards, and they aren't forwards.
Joe Johnson, Arron Afflalo and the rest of the swingmen featured in this article don't fit those traditional position molds, but they deserve recognition, nonetheless. After all, they have to bounce between various spots in the lineup and still manage to make stellar contributions to their respective teams.
Only one player here earned an All-Star nod this season (Johnson), but is he the No. 1 player at the position? Is there a chance Afflalo or one of the other standouts took over that top spot?
The NBA 200 metric identifies the players who performed best during the 2013-14 season. Potential doesn't matter, and neither does reputation. It's all about what happened this season—and this season only.
All positions are graded using the same criteria (though rim protection was added into the equation for the bigger positions), but the categories are weighted differently to reflect changing roles, with max scores in parentheses:
- Scoring (22)
- Non-Scoring Offense: Facilitating (10) and Off-Ball Offense (10)
- Defense: On-Ball (20) and Off-Ball (20)
- Rebounding (8)
- Intangibles: Conduct (5) and Durability (5)
For a full explanation of how these scores were determined, go here. And do note that these aren't your father's classification schemes for each position. Players' spots were determined not by playing style but rather by how much time they spent at each position throughout the season—largely based upon data from 82games.com—and we're expanding the traditional five positions to include four combo positions.
In the case of ties, the order is determined in subjective fashion by ranking the more coveted player in the higher spot. That was done by a voting committee comprised of myself, NBA lead writer D.J. Foster, national NBA featured columnist Grant Hughes, NBA lead writer Josh Martin and associate NBA editor Ethan Norof.