Undrafted rookie free agent Theo Pinson made his NBA debut in the closing 6½ minutes for the Brooklyn Nets, getting the first points of his career at the foul line while missing all three of his shot attempts.
He did some nice things, notching a couple of assists and looking mostly comfortable out there.
Pinson has good size for a combo guard, but being on a two-way contract means he should be heading out to Long Island soon, as the G League Nets are about to open training camp.
With the ability to get some minutes in Uniondale, Pinson is a guy who could be a deep rotation guy … or possibly more … with some more development time.
First-round pick Dzanan Musa also got his first taste of NBA regular-season action as he got off the bench in garbage time.
He got his first NBA points off a nice elbow jumper after a strong move off the bounce, which is his M.O. Musa brought the ball up at times to trigger the offense and didn’t look out of place doing so (he did play point guard for the Bosnian national team in FIBA World Cup qualifying).
Defensively, there is work to be done … lots of work to be done. Finding himself matched up with All-Star Victor Oladipo, Musa simply gave ground until there was no more to give and Oladipo had a bunny.
Giving a bit of space to a quicker player to protect against the drive is Defense 101. Retreating under the rim, however, when your assignment is near the 3-point line might be a little more space than one should be giving up.