UNC Basketball: Theo Pinson puts up big numbers in G-League victory

Former UNC basketball standout Theo Pinson puts up big numbers in rare G-League appearance

Theo Pinson, a member of both the Brooklyn Nets and their G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, put up a big performance for the latter in a Tuesday night victory over the Wisconsin Herd.

Pinson, who attended the University of North Carolina from 2014 to 2018, has split time between the two organizations over the past two seasons. And while he spent the majority of the 2018-19 season in the G-League, this season has been quite the opposite. Last year, he made 34 appearances with Long Island, and played in 18 games with Brooklyn. This season, he’s played in just six G-League games, as he’s spent most of the season in the NBA, making 28 appearances with Brooklyn.

On Tuesday night, Pinson scored a game-high 32 points on a 12-for-19 shooting performance. He knocked down 4-of-7 shots from the three-point line, and 2-of-4 at the free throw line. He pulled down nine rebounds, and dished out three assists in the 117-110 victory.

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In a half-dozen games with Long Island this season, Pinson is averaging 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He’s shooting 51.5 percent from the floor, and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. His production from a season ago is down, but his efficiency is up, even though it hasn’t necessarily carried over to the NBA side of things.

In 18 appearances with Brooklyn this season, Pinson is averaging 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists, while shooting 29.3 percent overall, and 19.5 percent from long-range. He has, however, been a valuable role player off the bench in Brooklyn, logging better than 12 minutes per game this season. Pinson was back with Brooklyn on Wednesday night, where he recorded five assists and two rebounds in 10 minutes off the Nets’ bench.

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