The Detroit Pistons and Coach Flip Saunders (and now Michael Curry) know how to develop young players.
They gave Rodney Stuckey a set role – gave him steady minutes early in the year - and advanced his minutes throughout all of last season – to the point where Stuckey was comfortable to be major part of the rotation in the playoffs.
Nick Young on the other hand, plays for Washington. Where they don’t even know how to spell D E V E L O P. Where roles and playing time are left up to chance, a roll of the dice, a sign from the Gods, or a Coach’s whim. Where, unless you are a “veteran”, your playing time could go from zero minutes one night, to 25 the next. Where, as a Rookie or young player, one mistake on the court means splinters for days or weeks.
A look at the playing time (minutes per game) given to each player in 2007-2008 is eye-opening. Just remember that Stuckey was playing behind “veteran” All-Star PG Chauncey Billups, who typically played 32-35 minutes per game…. and Nick Young was behind “veteran” DeShawn Stevenson, who averaged 31 minutes per game in 2007-08.
(see a pattern here?)
Give Nick Young a TEACHING Coach, and the minutes necessary to develop – and perhaps then you could fairly compare him to Stuckey.
If the draft picks were reversed… and Detroit had picked Nick Young, and Washington picked Stuckey – we’d all be marveling on how this Nick Young kid looks like the next coming of Kobe Bryant; and how did the Wizards get stuck with another defensive liability that is turn-over prone, and a clueless gunner?