I figured we should be proactive on this topic…
We have decided to limit position eligibility to players’ primary position only. In the NBA, a player’s “primary” position is sometimes debatable, and often changes throughout the season, but we will be proactive in assigning the most accurate positions possible. With the generic Guard (G) and Forward (F) roster slots, along with the Utility (U) slot, there should still be plenty of flexibility to build optimal rosters. Since everyone has the same player pool to work with, any limitations resulting from position eligibility will be the same for everyone.
We think this change improves the user-experience significantly without sacrificing opportunity for strategy. Last season the majority of players were eligible at two positions which essentially made roster requirements non-existent. Furthermore, the dual-eligibility added an unnecessary amount of clutter and confusion. Building an initial roster wasn’t too confusing, but while editing/adjusting rosters, it became quite a task to fully understand exactly which positions were potential options to complete a roster.
For example, if you want to remove your Center, and the player in your PF slot is also eligible at Center, you might not realize that you can replace your old Center with either a PF or C. You’d have to remove the PF, then add him at C.
The downside of this confusion caused by dual-eligibility grows exponentially when factoring in late-swap, especially for users playing multiple lineups.
We think this change will help all users save time manipulating rosters which can be crucial leading up to game time. It should also increase action from newer users and more casual users which is great for everyone.
As always, feedback is welcome.