Brooklyn Nets: 2-way players Alan Williams, Theo Pinson gain G League honors

Brooklyn Nets Long Island Nets Theo Pinson. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets 2-way players Alan Williams and Theo Pinson were named to the NBA G League Midseason All-League team for their work with the Long Island Nets.

The NBA G League may not be holding an All-Star Game this season, but that doesn’t stop the Brooklyn Nets‘ affiliate from having a couple of players receive midseason honors.

On Monday, the G League announced its Midseason All-NBA G League teams as voted on by coaches, general managers and players for the first half of the season, with Theo Pinson and Alan Williams of the Long Island Nets earning nods on the Eastern Conference squad.

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Both players are on two-way contracts with Brooklyn and have seen action in both the NBA and the G League this season.

Pinson, 23, had his camp contract converted to a two-way deal on Oct. 11 by the Nets after Brooklyn signed the 2018 undrafted free agent from North Carolina to an Exhibit 10 camp contract in August.

In 24 games with Long Island, Pinson is averaging 20.5 points, 6.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 38.0 minutes per game, shooting 43.9 percent overall and hitting 37.7 percent on 8.0 attempts per game from 3-point range.

Pinson set a career-high with 43 points in a Jan. 10 road win over the Maine Red Claws and had his first career triple-double in a Dec. 28 road victory over the Wisconsin Herd, scoring 27 points with 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

He’s also gotten a bit of run in Brooklyn, appearing in 11 games for the parent Nets and averaging 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game, shooting 34.6 percent overall and 26.7 percent on 2.7 attempts per game from deep.

Pinson scored an NBA career-high 19 points for Brooklyn in a Jan. 25 victory at Barclays Center over the New York Knicks while also grabbing a career-high eight rebounds in 26 minutes.

Williams, who turned 26 last month, went undrafted in 2015 out of UC Santa Barbara and after playing most of the 2015-16 season in China, he turned a 10-day contract into a multiyear deal with the Phoenix Suns in the spring of 2016.

Waived by Phoenix last July after being limited to just five games due to a knee injury, Williams signed a two-way deal with Brooklyn on Sept. 24.

The Nets ended the two-way deal in early January at Williams’ request, but when a potential deal to return to China fell through, Williams signed a new two-way with Brooklyn on Jan. 11.

In 27 games for Long Island, Williams is averaging 20.9 points and 13.5 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game while shooting 49.4 percent overall and hitting 28.6 percent of his 1.3 deep attempts per game.

Williams is second in the G League in rebounding, trailing only Angel Delgado of the Agua Caliente Clippers, who gets 14.6 boards per night. He is also fifth in the league with 15.4 points in the paint per game.

He set a Long Island franchise record on Dec. 16 in a loss to the Red Claws at Nassau Coliseum, grabbing 25 rebounds, one of three 20-rebound games he’s posted this season.

Williams scored a season-high 37 points in a Dec. 29 road win over the Capital City Go-Go. This season, he has two games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds and 21 double-doubles.

He’s played in three games with Brooklyn, totaling 17 minutes, and has 10 points and 14 rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting, missing his lone 3-point attempt.

The other honorees in the East included:

  • Chris Boucher, Raptors 905 (2nd in G League at 27.6 points per game, 1st with 4.0 blocks per game)
  • PJ Dozier, Maine Red Claws (5th with 7.0 assists per game)
  • R.J. Hunter, Maine Red Claws (14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds per game)
  • John Jenkins, Westchester Knicks (now with Capital City Go-Go, 24.7 points per game, 42.9 percent from 3-point range on 8.1 attempts per game)
  • Terrence Jones, Erie BayHawks (22.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists per game, 41.4 percent from 3-point range on 3.3 attempts per game)
  • Walt Lemon Jr., Windy City Bulls (3rd with 7.5 assists per game)
  • Jordan Loyd, Raptors 905 (4th with 2.0 steals per game)
  • Jordan McRae, Capital City Go-Go (1st in scoring with 30.0 points per game)
  • Edmond Sumner, Fort Wayne Mad Ants (23.9 points, 1.7 steals per game, 40.0 percent from 3-point range on 5.9 attempts per game)
  • Christian Wood, Wisconsin Herd (29.3 points, 13.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks per game)

The selections from the Western Conference were:

  • Deonte Burton, Oklahoma City Blue (3rd in steals with 2.2 per game)
  • Bruno Caboclo, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (16. 4 point per game, 43.3 percent from 3-point range on 5.6 attempts per game)
  • Angel Delgado, Agua Caliente Clippers (1st with 14.6 rebounds per game)
  • Scotty Hopson, Oklahoma City Blue (16.9 points per game)
  • Darius Johnson-Odom, Iowa Wolves (22.4 points per game)
  • Damion Lee, Santa Cruz Warriors (19.8 points per game)
  • Daryl Macon, Texas Legends (19.4 points, 6.6 assists per game)
  • Yante Maten, Sioux Falls Skyforce (3rd in scoring with 26.4 points per game)
  • Johnathan Motley, Agua Caliente Clippers (4th in scoring with 25.6 points per game)
  • Kendrick Nunn, Santa Cruz Warriors (19.6 points per game)
  • Former Brooklyn Net Willie Reed, Salt Lake City Stars (20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks per game)
  • Duncan Robinson, Sioux Falls Skyforce (1st with 138 made 3s, 3rd at 48.3 percent from 3-point range)

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The league announced in October it would not have an All-Star Game this season, per Adam Johnson of Last season, the G League hosted an international friendly between a U.S. team made up of G League players against the Mexican national team.