Pistons President Joe Dumars recently compared young NFL quarterbacks with young NBA point guards:
What happens is an NFL quarterback or an NBA point guard, initially, you’re not given as much responsibility when you hit the court. Usually in football the playbook is real thin for that guy, usually in basketball you’re limiting the number of plays he’s calling. You’re calling three or four plays and that’s it.
But you can only stay with three or four plays for so long. When his role increases, then the playbook has to increase, responsibility has to increase. You go from calling three or four plays when you’re a young guy to after a while, now you’re calling 10, 12 15, 20 different sets. That’s where you see some of the hesitancy come in. You’re not just reacting any more. You haven’t had enough time out there.
[If] you’re a five-, six-year vet, those 15 or 20 plays don’t even bother you. You know them like the back of your hand. When you’re a guy who hasn’t played 100 games yet, you start calling 15 or 20 plays, you have to start thinking about them. You almost have to envision them – OK, yeah, I know what the play is now.
But when you’re doing that, you’re hesitant out there. You’re processing it and thinking it, but you’re in front of 20,000 people processing it and you look hesitant. So that’s what happens a lot of times with young point guards.