Theo Pinson

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Theo Pinson
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No. 1 – Long Island Nets
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 23)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolWesleyan Christian Academy
(High Point, North Carolina)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentBrooklyn Nets
2018–presentLong Island Nets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Theophilus Alphonso Pinson (born November 5, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League. 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.

High school career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

College career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6] As a senior, he averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 29.7 minutes per game.[7]

Professional career[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,[7] which was confirmed to be a two-way contract for the 2018–19 season. Under the terms of the deal, Pinson will split time between the Nets and their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.[8][9] 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.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

  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


2014–15 North Carolina 24 1 12.5 .368 .269 .611 3.0 1.5 .6 .2 2.8
2015–16 North Carolina 40 7 18.7 .420 .290 .636 3.2 2.9 .6 .3 4.8
2016–17 North Carolina 21 13 23.8 .381 .237 .702 4.6 3.7 .9 .2 6.1
2017–18 North Carolina 37 37 29.7 .473 .226 .818 6.5 5.1 1.1 .5 10.3
Career 122 58 21.7 .431 .257 .734 4.4 3.4 .8 .3 6.3


  1. ^ Walker, Edgar (January 29, 2014). "Three UNC basketball signees named McDonald's All-Americans". Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Durham, Andy (June 13, 2011). "2011 USA Basketball men's U16 national team finalizes roster: Theo Pinson makes the cut". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Spears, Marc J. (April 4, 2017). "Theo Pinson perseveres to celebrate NCAA title with Tar Heels". USA Today. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (April 2, 2017). "Infectious both on and off the court, Theo Pinson charges North Carolina". USA Today. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "BROOKLYN NETS SIGN THEO PINSON". August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Dowd, Tom (September 21, 2018). "Brooklyn Nets Training Camp: What to Watch For". Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Exercise Two-way Player Conversion On Theo Pinson". October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Nash, Tim (November 30, 2018). "Theo Pinson treats Long Island Nets teammates to home cookin' in Greensboro". News & Record. Retrieved December 5, 2018.

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