NBA Draft Classes by Position: 2014 - 2019
I wanted to take a look at which positions were being
drafted over the past six years. For players listed as
multiple positions, I listed the position they played most
during the 2018-2019 nba season. The one 2018-2019 player
listed as two positions (RJ Barrett) was listed as a
shooting guard. Only the top 30 draft picks for each
year were considered.
Two things of note: First, all five positions
have been drafted at #1 in the past six years, with
center appearing twice. Second, six shooting guards were
drafted in a row in 2018. Apart from these shallow
takeaways, this visual was fairly difficult to interpret,
so I looked at composition.
Immediately, the prevalence of powerforwards and shooting
guards becomes clear. Additionally, the number of Centers
is quite small.
The total counts for each position are:
31 Point Guards
42 Shooting guards
35 Small Forwards
48 Power Forwards
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