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Using VR to Improve Free Throw Percentage in the NBA

We know from neuroscience research on learning that skills improvement is most effective with the right kinds of perceptual input. To help address free throw shooting, STRIVR developed a free throw shooting visualization tool. We’ve developed expertise on how to provide the right kinds of tools in order to replicate real-life environments.

Over the 2016-17 NBA season, the Washington Wizards used STRIVR training to help improve their team’s performance on a number of fronts, including the improvement of free throw shooting. To help address free throw shooting, STRIVR developed a free throw shooting visualization tool. We know from neuroscience research on learning that skills improvement is most effective with the right kinds of perceptual input. With STRIVR, we’ve developed expertise on how to provide the right kinds of tools in order to replicate real-life environments.

One player in particular that seemed to benefit from STRIVR’s visualization tool was Ian Mahinmi. Mahinmi is a center who has been in the NBA a decade, winning the Championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. During his time in the NBA, Mahinmi has improved as a player, but his shooting percentages have remained subpar. Going into the last season (2016-2017), he had a career free throw (FT) average of 59.7%. In fact, his FT% has slightly declined throughout his career.

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Photo credit: “Ian Mahinmi – Magic at Wizards 3/5/17.” Keith Allison, Flickr Creative Commons. (link)