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Old 12-14-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default Does playing multiple positions/roles shorten or lengthen a career?

Just wondering what everybody thinks about the impact of versatility (positional or skillset) on the length of a player's career? How would you contrast it with that of guys with clearly-defined roles/traditional positions?
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Default Re: Does playing multiple positions/roles shorten or lengthen a career?

lengthens for obvious reasons.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #3
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Default Re: Does playing multiple positions/roles shorten or lengthen a career?

I think career longevity has more to do with avoiding injuries than it does minutes or position played. Also, a players style of play can lead to more injuries, regardless of minutes or position played. Sometimes it just comes down to luck as well.
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Default Re: Does playing multiple positions/roles shorten or lengthen a career?

It really depends. In the case of Jason Kidd, playing the 2 has lengthened his career because he isn't as quick as the younger point guards.
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Default Re: Does playing multiple positions/roles shorten or lengthen a career?

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lengthens for obvious reasons.

This would be my initial thought, but I'm reading up on Baylor, and it seems the belief was that LA's acquisition of Wilt would allow him to play for more years, since he'd be able to play like more of a wing player (and not be relied upon to crash the boards as hard as he had been). It's possible that's just an isolated occurrence, or it has more to do with the fact that rebounding is one of the more (if not the most) physical parts of the game.
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Default Re: Does playing multiple positions/roles shorten or lengthen a career?

I think taking a lesser role or having certain skill sets can prolong a career. A good example of this is Ray Allen. In his earlier years, he was slashing and had a pull up jumper but he also had that amazing 3pt shot. As a matter of fact, he was a dunking SG, kind of like what Kobe and MJ is but to a lesser extent.

Over the course of his career he just became just a 3pt specialist. Kind of like the next generation Reggie Miller. I think with that, he has prolonged his career.

Other guys that come to mind are Grant Hill and Penny Hardaway, who took lesser roles and focused on a specific role to prolong their career. Those guys were go-to guys and primary ball handlers but they had skills to do other things.
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