Undrafted rookie Theo Pinson impressed the Brooklyn Nets with his Summer League play and is on target to wind up on a two-way contract this season.
In the preseason opener, Pinson saw time at both guard spots, running the point in the absence of reserve Shabazz Napier (out with a strained right hamstring) before shifting over to the 2 when fellow undrafted free agent Jordan McLaughlin entered the game.
Pinson missed his only 3-pointer, but was solid defensively, moved the ball well, had a terrific block on a layup by Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and moved well without the ball, getting a pair of layups as a reward for knowing when and where to cut.
Pinson will be an NBA contributor at some point, particularly if the 3-point touch he showed in Las Vegas wasn’t a mirage (feel free to groan here). He’s a good defender at multiple positions, can handle the rock, makes solid decisions … everything you want in a role player.