Theophilus Alphonso Pinson (born November 5, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of North Carolina. A 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) swingman, Pinson was the starting shooting guard for the Tar Heels' 2017 NCAA championship team.
Pinson in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game
|No. 1 – Brooklyn Nets|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||November 5, 1995|
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||218 lb (99 kg)|
|High school||Wesleyan Christian Academy|
(High Point, North Carolina)
|College||North Carolina (2014–2018)|
|NBA draft||2018 / Undrafted|
|2018–2019||→Long Island Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Pinson played high school basketball for Wesleyan Christian Academy in nearby High Point. He was named a McDonald's All-American in his senior year. In the summer of 2011, Pinson was named to the USA Basketball U16 team, where he won the gold medal with future Tar Heel teammate Justin Jackson.
Pinson's college career was marked by injury early, as he broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot and missed 14 games of his freshman season. His sophomore season was injury free, although he broke the same bone (fifth metatarsal) in his right foot, which would cause him to miss the first 16 games of his junior season. While on the court, Pinson's passing, defense and leadership played a key role in the Tar Heels' run to consecutive Final Fours. Pinson was also acknowledged as a positive factor in the locker room for these teams, as he developed a reputation as a prankster in both the locker room and with the media. During the Tar Heels' 2017 championship run, Pinson's playmaking helped the team defeat Kentucky in the South Regional Final, as his full-court drive and pass set up a game-winning shot by forward Luke Maye. As a senior, he averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 29.7 minutes per game.
Brooklyn Nets (2018–present)Edit
After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Pinson joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2018 NBA Summer League. He posted 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game in five summer league games. On August 6, 2018, Pinson signed a training camp contract with the Nets, which was confirmed to be a two-way contract for the 2018–19 season. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Nets and their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Pinson made his NBA debut on October 20, 2018, in a 132–112 loss to the Indiana Pacers, scoring two points with a rebound and two assists in six and half minutes of play. On April 10, 2019 the Nets converted Pinson's two-way deal to a full NBA contract. On April 15, Pinson made his postseason debut scoring 9 points shooting 3 for 5 from the field and 3 for 4 from 3. On July 8, 2019, the Nets re-signed Pinson to a reported two-year contract, after the Nets rescinded their qualifying offer to Pinson on July 6.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
NBA Regular seasonEdit
NBA G LeagueEdit
|2018–19||Long Island Nets||34||34||35.6||.446||.385||.844||5.9||6.1||.9||.7||20.7|
- Walker, Edgar (January 29, 2014). "Three UNC basketball signees named McDonald's All-Americans". Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
- Durham, Andy (June 13, 2011). "2011 USA Basketball men's U16 national team finalizes roster: Theo Pinson makes the cut". GreensboroSports.com. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- Spears, Marc J. (April 4, 2017). "Theo Pinson perseveres to celebrate NCAA title with Tar Heels". USA Today. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- Auerbach, Nicole (April 2, 2017). "Infectious both on and off the court, Theo Pinson charges North Carolina". USA Today. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- Schnell, Lindsay (March 30, 2016). "The Tar Heels' X-factor? Theo Pinson, who has stolen the spotlight and the podium in UNC's Final Four run". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- Rosenberg, Michael (March 27, 2017). "UNC's Luke Maye etches his name in tournament lore with shot to beat Kentucky". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
- "BROOKLYN NETS SIGN THEO PINSON". NBA.com. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- Dowd, Tom (September 21, 2018). "Brooklyn Nets Training Camp: What to Watch For". NBA.com. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
- "Brooklyn Nets Exercise Two-way Player Conversion On Theo Pinson". NBA.com. October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
- Nash, Tim (November 30, 2018). "Theo Pinson treats Long Island Nets teammates to home cookin' in Greensboro". Greensboro.com. News & Record. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
- "Brooklyn Nets Sign Theo Pinson". NBA.com. April 10, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- "Nets fill 15th roster spot by signing Theo Pinson to standard deal". NetsDaily. April 10, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
- "Embiid leads offensive explosion as 76ers tie series with Nets". The Brooklyn Game. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- "Brooklyn Nets Re-Sign Theo Pinson". NBA.com. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- "Nets sign Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler, Theo Pinson". NetsDaily. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
All three reportedly received two-year deals.
- "Nets renounce Theo Pinson Rights, says Yahoo's Smith". NetsDaily. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- "Nets sign Temple, re-sign Pinson". Reuters. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.