ESPN 100 recruits who defy positions 

October, 10, 2013
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The subject of positions has become a hot topic of basketball at all levels, with the same questions being asked all the way from the NBA down to the youth levels.

Are traditional positions still relevant? What’s the best way to define the five players on the floor? Are positions even necessary?

[+] EnlargeMyles Turner
Courtesy of Kelly Kline/Under ArmourAt 6-foot-11, Myles Turner, who is the nation's No. 2 player, is athletic enough to not be defined as a traditional center.
Terms like center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard and point guard were used when most teams played with three perimeter players around two big men. The risk in using those labels now, when the game is spaced almost universally four around one, isn’t just that the terminology is incompatible with the product, but more importantly the heightened sensitivity of players to the perceptions and limitations caused by those labels. Big men don’t want to be called centers. Big forwards want to be called small forwards and each perimeter player out there thinks he can be a point guard.