Jamaal Tinlsey is officially a Jazzman. Again. After an extended offseason Tinsley is back in the NBA thanks to a one year contract with the Jazz. The deal transpired presumably because rookie Trey Burke is out for several weeks with a broken finger.
Tinsley’s NBA history
Tinsley was drafted in 2001 with the 27th overall pick and spent the following seven seasons playing in Indiana. He has never been a feared shooter, hovering around 40 percent from the field throughout his career. His best shooting season was in 2004-05 when he connected on 41.8 percent, and hit a respectable 37.2 percent from three point range.
Tinsley sat out the 2008-09 season while the Pacers looked to trade him. No deal ever came and they eventually waived him. He returned to the NBA with the Grizzlies in 2009.
Tinsley in Utah
After a short stint in the D-League early in the 2011-12 season, he landed with the Jazz. They Jazz scooped him up in December of that season with a two year contract, the second year being a team option.
The Jazz picked up the team option and when Mo Williams was injured Tinsley stepped into the starting role. Bringing 32 games of starting experience back from last year, he may compete with fellow veteran John Lucas III for starting minutes until Burke returns.
Tinsley averaged 16.8 minutes per game seeing the court in 103 games. While struggling from the field, he doesn’t shoot much putting up less than four shots a game. He turned the shots into 3.6 points an outing and combined his scoring with four assists.