Jamaal Lee Tinsley (born February 28, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. Tinsley played his collegiate career at Iowa State University. Following his senior year he was drafted 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. Tinsley played 11 seasons in the NBA, primarily with the Pacers, as well as the Grizzlies and Jazz.
|Born||February 28, 1978|
Brooklyn, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||188 lb (85 kg)|
|High school||Samuel J. Tilden|
(Brooklyn, New York)
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall|
|Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies|
|2011||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early years and college careerEdit
As a teen, Tinsley developed his game playing streetball at New York City's Rucker Park. Tinsley's streetball nickname is "Mel The Abuser". He played junior college ball at Mt. San Jacinto Community College (MSJC) before breaking onto the national scene at Big 12 Iowa State University.
In Tinsley's junior year at Iowa State, he received Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors. He led Iowa State to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team, along with fellow star Marcus Fizer, reached the Elite Eight before losing to eventual champion Michigan State. In his senior year Tinsley earned First Team All-American honors.
Indiana Pacers (2001–2009)Edit
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. On November 16, 2001, he recorded the 9th five-by-five in NBA history since the 1985–86 season. At 23 years and 261 days, he was the youngest to do so until Andrei Kirilenko in 2003.
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. 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. The NBA Players Association filed a grievance against the Pacers on Tinsley's behalf on February 11, 2009. On July 22, 2009, the Pacers waived Tinsley.
Memphis Grizzlies (2009–2010)Edit
On November 14, 2009, the Memphis Grizzlies signed Tinsley as a free agent. Chris Wallace, the General Manager of the Grizzlies, stated that he "was the best available player out on the board." 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. Tinsley played eight games with the D-Fenders and averaged 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game.
Utah Jazz (2011–2013)Edit
On June 29, 2012, the Jazz exercised the team option on Tinsley's contract to keep him under contract for one more season.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games 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|
- Breaking Away: The Jamaal Tinsley Story Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
-  Basketball-Reference, September 12, 2014
- "Jamaal Tinsley bio". NBA. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008.
- Jamaal Tinsley, Players Association to File Grievance ESPN.com, February 3, 2009
- Players Association Files Grievance Over Inactivity Yahoo! Sports, February 12, 2009
- "Pacers, Tinsley reach resolution". NBA.com. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- "Grizzlies sign Jamaal Tinsley". NBA.com. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- "Grizzlies add Tinsley to backcourt". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- 2011 D-League Draft Archived 2011-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
- "Jamaal Tinsley career stats". NBA Development League. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- "Jazz Signs Jamaal Tinsley, Keith McLeod and Trey Gilder". NBA.com. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
- "Jazz Exercises Team Option on Tinsley for 2012-13, Makes Qualifying Offer to Evans". NBA.com. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
- "Jazz Signs Guard Jamaal Tinsley". NBA.com. October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "Jazz Waives Guard Jamaal Tinsley". NBA.com. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- Jamaal Tinsley biography
- NBA in-depth biography of Tinsley, 2001-2008 (archived)
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Jamaal Tinsley Iowa State Profile