Despite a highly successful career as a power forward at the University of Nevada, Reno where he also played with 2007 draft prospect Nick Fazekas and led the overachieving Wolf Pack to the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the 6'10" Pinkney did not hear his name called on draft night of 2005. His size and abilities did not fit scouts' prototypical image of either a power forward or a center. Thus, Pinkney had to pursue his professional basketball career in Europe, where he played for Clermont in France and Turow in Poland.
After a lackluster performance in the Euro League, Pinkney returned to the United States and secured a roster spot on the summer league entry for the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 5.5 points, 3 rebounds and 2.8 assists during limited summer league minutes but did not make the team. The Washington Wizards signed Pinkney as an extra body for training camp but also cut him. Pinkney then signed with the NBA D-League's Bakersfield Jam where he flourished offensively, averaging 20 points per game on 51% shooting. He registered several double-doubles and was named to the 2006-07 Western Conference D-League All-Star team.
On April 4, 2007, the injury-plagued Boston Celtics, owners of the worst record in the Eastern Conference, received a roster exemption from the NBA to add a 16th player. Pinkney made his debut later that night in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Sporting #51, the burly center scored 15 points in his NBA debut. Pinkney was re-signed for another 10-day contract, and played 6 games for the Celtics in total, averaging 5.2 PPG. For the 2007-2008 season, he signed with the Italian Serie A team Angelico Biella.
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