I watched a number of games this summer. Good players consistently act differently when they receive a pass than average players. Good players are a threat to score. Their body language, their pivot, their eyes: they look aggressive. Average players look different. They may pivot the same or make jab steps, but they do not look like threats to attack or shoot.
In the video below, nobody looks at the basket when they receive a pass. Every player catches and looks for the next pass. Finally, in the last clip, one of the yellow players receives a pass and makes an aggressive pivot at the elbow which attracts attention. His teammate cuts backdoor – lay-up! But, it starts with the aggressive pivot to the basket in a dangerous area of the floor.