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Pistons using VR tech to quiz players at NBA Draft combine

Detroit taking a novel approach to identifying possible draft picks

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NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons might be getting a new front office soon, but until that happens Jeff Bower and company are moving forward with NBA Draft preparation — and they are doing it in a novel way.

The Pistons are using virtual reality to put prospects at the 2018 NBA Scouting Combine through a series of drills and quizzes in real-game simulations.

James Edwards III has the full story at The Athletic:

There are so many things you can learn through measurements and drills, and I’m glad the Pistons aren’t resorting to the kind of armchair psychoanalysis that seems to be rampant during the NFL combine.

The could use help and depth at just about any position but if they can identify anyone who can serve as a primary or secondary ballhandler and become a threat from the wing position they will have aced their second-round pick (No. 42 overall).

Trying to identify players who see the game well, can diagnose situations in real time and communicate effectively is a great complement to existing game tape, and a perfect use for VR technology.

Detroit Bad Boys will have more on the players who have already been connected to the Pistons at the NBA Draft Scouting Combine. Also, subscribe to The Athletic because it’s pretty great.