DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond are absolute monsters on the basketball court. But when it comes to one fundamental skill, they're bad. Historically bad.
These guys are some of the worst free-throw shooters in NBA history and that's a huge problem. It makes them unplayable at times, and when you're paying a player tens of millions of dollars a season to be one of the best players on your team, you don't want him sitting on the bench during crunch time.
Enter VR, the coaching tool of the future. It gives players the ability to review their form from multiple angles in a more immersive way than viewing video from a tablet. It also lets them experience, through their own eyes, the mechanics of perfect form.
Andre Drummond, though skeptical at first, has already credited it with improving his free-throw shooting: his accuracy's increased from a career percentage of 38.4% to 45.1% for this season and that's a tangible improvement.
VR has some fans in the sporting world already, and that is exciting for me. But perhaps, even more exciting, is that as quickly as VR has made its way into a professional coach's arsenal, it could just as quickly be phased out.
DeAndre Jordan's Clippers team is looking into VR as a viable coaching tool. By the way, Steve Ballmer, ex-CEO of Microsoft, owns the Clippers. Here's hoping this becomes a slam-dunk for Hololens and AR.
With a 42.5 career percentage from the free-throw line, Jordan is one of the worst free throw shooters the NBA has ever seen. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Clippers have explored using virtual reality to help Jordan in this area. The Clippers aren’t the first organization to use virtual reality with a big man. The Detroit Pistons have used it with Andre Drummond.