Theo Pinson was difficult to quantify entering the NBA Draft after four years at North Carolina. His draft stock was jumping up and down and it was questioned whether or not he was NBA-ready.
When draft day came, Pinson went undrafted, but shortly thereafter linked up with the Brooklyn Nets.
Entering the Summer League, Pinson wanted to prove he is NBA-ready and it was a mistake for all the other 29 teams to miss out on him. Well, he showed he can play and is ready to take the next step.
Throughout the Summer League, Pinson was a force on both ends of the floor. He can play both shooting guard and small forward due to his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame, and he can also run the point.
His size and style of play gave Brooklyn many options and that there was a good reason why they signed him.
On the offensive end, Pinson is a versatile player who can thrive in many areas. He can shoot the ball with confidence at a consistent level from both mid-range and 3-point range. In fact, Pinson was the most consistent shooter on the Nets Summer League roster.
He shot 45 percent overall and 42.3 percent from 3-point range.
Besides his strong shooting, Pinson could put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. He uses his size and length to move through traffic and finish. He proved driving is a strong asset in his game on the offensive end of the floor.
Now, his defensive game is not as great, but is good. His length makes him a steal threat and even showed he can swat shots. He is a good defender on drives and gives great help defense. On that end of the floor he had five steals and five blocks in five games.
Overall, Pinson is a player the Nets and their fans should keep their eye on. His size and play gives Brooklyn a good amount of options on where to play him and his role. He should be expecting a training camp invite and to play for the Long Island Nets next season.
Now, he is likely to be a wing on the Long Island Nets due to his strong shooting. He can see some games for the Brooklyn Nets during the regular season in 2018-19, but it will depend on the play of both Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs.