Jamaal Tinsley

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Jamaal Tinsley
Jamaal Tinsley 2006.jpg
Tinsley with the Pacers in 2006.
Free Agent
Point guard
Personal information
Born(1978-02-28) February 28, 1978 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolSamuel J. Tilden
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeMt. San Jacinto (1997–1999)
Iowa State (1999–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Pro playing career2001–present
Career history
20012009Indiana Pacers
2009–2010Memphis Grizzlies
2011Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
20112013Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Jamaal Tinsley
Jamaal Tinsley 2006.jpg
Tinsley with the Pacers in 2006.
Free Agent
Point guard
Personal information
Born(1978-02-28) February 28, 1978 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolSamuel J. Tilden
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeMt. San Jacinto (1997–1999)
Iowa State (1999–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Pro playing career2001–present
Career history
20012009Indiana Pacers
2009–2010Memphis Grizzlies
2011Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
20112013Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Jamaal Lee Tinsley (born February 28, 1978) is an American professional basketball player. Tinsley was drafted out of Iowa State University by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the 27th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, and was immediately dealt to the Atlanta Hawks, and then to the Indiana Pacers on draft night. He has played in the NBA for the Pacers, the Grizzlies and the Jazz.

Early years and college career[edit]

As a teen, Tinsley developed his game playing streetball at New York City's legendary Rucker Park. Tinsley's streetball nickname is "Mel Mel The Abuser". He played college basketball for two schools in his four year collegiate career, Mt. San Jacinto Community College (MSJC) and Iowa State.[1]

During the two seasons he played at MSJC, Jamaal was the two-time Foothill Conference MVP (1998 & 1999) and the Eagles' career leader in assists and steals.[2]

In Jamaal's senior year, he received Second Team All-American and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors. He led Iowa State to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West region. But, his team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by the No. 15-seeded Hampton in the tournament's first round.[3]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

99/00- 11.0 PPG, 5.1 REBS, 6.6 ASTS, 32.8 MINS

00/01- 14.3 PPG, 3.8 REBS, 6.0 ASTS, 32.2 MINS

NBA career[edit]

Indiana Pacers (2001–2009)[edit]

Tinsley wore #11 during his tenure at Iowa State and while with the Indiana Pacers.

Tinsley established himself as the starting point guard under Pacers coach Isiah Thomas. He put up statistics of 9.4 points and 8.1 assists per game in 2001–02.

Tinsley played 73 games for the Pacers in 2002–03, starting 69 of them, and his averages dipped to 7.8 points and 7.5 assists per contest.[4]

The following year, Rick Carlisle replaced Thomas as the Pacers' head coach, and promoted veteran guard Kenny Anderson to the starting point guard slot, with Anthony Johnson as his backup.

When Anderson and Johnson went down with injuries, Tinsley regained his status as a starter. As the Pacers advanced to the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, Tinsley started all 16 playoff games.[4]

Tinsley spent the majority of the 2004–05 season on injured reserve due to a bruised left foot, but the team played its way to a 44–38 record and the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Tinsley missed the first four games of the Pacers' first-round series against the Boston Celtics, but made a return in a Game 5 victory. In that game on May 3, 2005, Tinsley made 7 assists, 5 steals, and 6 points, and the 5 steals tied the most among all players during the 2005 postseason and his personal high for the playoffs.[4] Tinsley's injury problems continued during the 2007–08 season; he only played in 39 games, during which he averaged a career-high 8.4 assists.

For the 2008–09 season, Tinsley was replaced in the starting lineup by point guard T. J. Ford. O'Brien and Pacers' President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird informed Tinsley that he was not permitted to attend team practices or games during the 2008–09 season while the Pacers worked out a trade for him. Tinsley then requested a contract buyout through his agent.[5] The NBA Players Association filed a grievance against the Pacers on Tinsley's behalf on February 11, 2009.[6] On July 22, 2009, the Pacers waived Tinsley.[7]

Memphis Grizzlies (2009–2010)[edit]

On November 14, 2009, the Memphis Grizzlies signed Tinsley as a free agent.[8] Chris Wallace, the General Manager of the Grizzlies, stated that he "was the best available player out on the board."[9] The Grizzlies did not guarantee Tinsley a starting spot, but told him he would be allowed to compete for the point guard position.

Los Angeles D-Fenders (2011)[edit]

On November 3, 2011, Tinsley was picked 1st overall by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA Development League Draft.[10] Tinsley played eight games with the D-Fenders and averaged 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game.[11]

Utah Jazz (2011–2013)[edit]

On December 12, 2011, Tinsley was signed by the Utah Jazz, along with Keith McLeod, and Trey Gilder.[12]

On June 29, 2012, the Jazz exercised the team option on Tinsley's contract to keep him under contract for one more season.[13]

On October 26, 2013, he re-signed with the Jazz.[14] On November 12, 2013, he was waived by the Jazz.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2001–02Indiana807830.5.380.240.7043.78.11.7.59.4
2002–03Indiana736930.6.396.277.7143.67.51.7.27.8
2003–04Indiana524326.5.414.372.7312.65.81.6.38.3
2004–05Indiana404032.5.418.372.7444.06.42.0.315.4
2005–06Indiana422726.7.409.229.6373.25.01.2.19.3
2006–07Indiana727231.2.389.316.7203.36.91.6.312.8
2007–08Indiana393633.2.380.284.7203.68.41.7.311.9
2009–10Memphis38115.5.371.179.8151.72.8.9.13.5
2011–12Utah37113.7.404.270.7651.23.3.5.23.7
2012–13Utah663218.5.368.307.6921.74.41.0.23.5
2013–14Utah8513.8.200.067.0001.42.9.3.01.1
Career54740426.6.393.299.7162.96.11.4.38.5

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2002Indiana5517.6.421.000.6672.05.0.4.03.6
2003Indiana6630.8.571.615.5003.06.5.7.08.5
2004Indiana161626.4.398.296.9382.95.01.8.28.1
2005Indiana9927.4.360.111.5713.35.71.6.38.7
2006Indiana107.0.333.000.000.01.01.0.02.0
2012Utah4016.3.250.0001.000.53.0.5.03.8
Career413624.8.398.293.7202.65.11.2.17.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breaking Away: The Jamaal Tinsley Story
  2. ^ Saperstein, Aliya (2001-06-28). "Tinsley picks up MSJC coach". The Press-Enterprise. 
  3. ^ ESPN NCAA Tournament 2001 - Bracket
  4. ^ a b c "Jamaal Tinsley bio". NBA. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ Jamaal Tinsley, Players Association to File Grievance ESPN.com, February 3, 2009
  6. ^ Players Association Files Grievance Over Inactivity Yahoo Sports, February 12, 2009
  7. ^ "Pacers, Tinsley reach resolution". NBA.com. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  8. ^ "Grizzlies sign Jamaal Tinsley". NBA.com. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Grizzlies add Tinsley to backcourt". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  10. ^ 2011 D-League Draft
  11. ^ "Jamaal Tinsley career stats". NBA Development League. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jazz Signs Jamaal Tinsley, Keith McLeod and Trey Gilder". NBA.com. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  13. ^ "Jazz Exercises Team Option on Tinsley for 2012-13, Makes Qualifying Offer to Evans". NBA.com. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  14. ^ "Jazz Signs Guard Jamaal Tinsley". NBA.com. October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Jazz Waives Guard Jamaal Tinsley". NBA.com. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 

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