The Brooklyn Nets two two-way players, swingman Theo Pinson and big Alan Williams have both been selected to the Midseason All-NBA G League East Team, the Nets and their G League affiliate announced Monday.
The two were signed under different circumstances and different times last summer. The Nets got a summer league/training camp commitment from Pinson the night of the NBA Draft after he hadn’t been selected. Williams, who had been cut by the Suns in July following knee surgery, was signed in September.
The two remain on their two-way deals which has them assigned primarily to the Long Island Nets who play in Uniondale, but often work with the Brooklyn coaching and performance staffs. The Nets may soon have a decision to make on Pinson, the 6’7” North Carolina product. Under the CBA, teams must decide whether to convert a two-way to a standard NBA contract once the player is assigned to the NBA club for a total of 45 days. The means practices as well as games. Pinson has spent a lot more time in Brooklyn than Williams because of all the backcourt and wing injures. Sean Marks would not say how many days Pinson has accumulated and the number is not public.
Pinson has gone from a facilitator in college to a go-to scorer in the G League. In 24 games with Long Island this season, he’s averaged 20.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 36.0 minutes per game. Pinson registered the first triple-double in franchise history on December 28 at Wisconsin with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists and is one of 13 players in the NBA G League to log a triple-double this season. The Nets believe his most likely NBA position is point guard.
He ranks ninth in the league in assists per game, leads the team and ties for 13th in the league in free throw percentage (.868) and also ranks 14th in points per game. The Greensboro, N.C., native has scored in double figures in all but one of his 24 games with the LI Nets this season and scored a Long Island season-high 43 points on January 10 at Maine.
Perhaps most importantly for his future, Pinson is hitting 38 percent on his three’s, taking an average of eight shots a game. In his senior at UNC, he hit only 23 percent and his lack of shooting was cited as one reason he wasn’t drafted. The Nets however gave him the green light with his shot and he responded.
In 27 games with Long Island this season, the 6’9” Williams is averaging a double-double with team highs in points per game (20.9) and rebounds per game (13.5) in 26.9 minutes per contest. Williams ranks second in the NBA G League in rebounds per game, second in defensive rebounds per game (10.0), fourth in double-doubles (21), seventh in offensive rebounds per game (3.5) and 11th in points per game. On December 16 versus Maine, Williams pulled down 25 rebounds, good for the second-most in a game in the NBA G League this season and tied for the eighth-most in a game in league history.
The Phoenix, Ariz., native has scored in double figures in all 27 of his games for the LI Nets and has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 21 of those contests. He’s also been experimenting with the three-ball, making 11 in those 27 games.
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Pinson has also appeared in 11 games for the Brooklyn Nets this season, averaging 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.7 minutes per contest, while Williams has appeared in three games for Brooklyn, recording averages of 3.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per game.