Maybe point guard Brandon Jennings is simply terrible when it comes to throwing a tight spiral.
If so, then the following quote that Brandon gave to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about his lockout activities can be rationalized much more easily. When asked about the flag football games that he and Nick Young (Wizards) helped organize, Jennings said,
“I’m a wide receiver. I don’t want to be quarterback; too much pressure from everyone wanting the ball. I’m Randy Moss out there.”
He wants to be a wide receiver?! He doesn’t like the pressure of everyone hounding him for the ball?!
Brandon, you’re a point guard! If you can’t handle the pressure of delivering the ball to a UPS delivery man, a teacher, and a physical therapist, what are you going to do when Bogut settles with arms aloft in the post and Stephen Jackson sticks both hands in your direction and awaits leather?
Pressurized distribution is what point guards do. After Rajon Rondo’s rookie season, Danny Ainge traded away nearly the entire team — save for Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Kendrick Perkins — in the pursuit of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Suddenly, Rondo was faced with the decision of distributing the ball to either the sweetest jump shooter in the game, the Celtic who led the team in scoring for the past 7 years, and a raving, lunatic, 7-foot future Hall of Famer. Those guys, and their massive scoring egos, could mess with your point guard mentality. Now THAT is pressure. Chucking up the pigskin on a Saturday afternoon with some friends is not.
Maybe the quarterback/point guard analogy isn’t the best, especially from an NFL point-of-view. In the NBA, teams often try to make any draftees under 6’6″ into point guards, thinking that it is the only position they will be able to defend. In the NFL, teams want their quarterbacks to have size; talented passers of small stature are often ignored at draft time. If a pro team drafted a college quarterback like Brandon, especially one with Jennings’ speed, they would try to make him into a wide receiver anyway.
But they’d sure love to have a 6’8″ Shaun Livingston, right?