From the hardtop of famed Rucker Park in New York City to the hardcourt in the NBA, Jamaal Tinsley’s professional career is one many would love to emulate.
Tinsley had a phenomenal collegiate career at Iowa State University.After earning Big 10 Conference Player of the Year honors as a Junior, followed by a Senior campaign that earned him All-American recognition, he was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the 27th pick of the 2001 NBA draft.
A true grinder, Tinsley earned every minute of his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. In 11 NBA seasons, Tinsley averaged 8.5 points, 6.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 26.4 minutes.
(2001-2009) Indiana Pacers, (2009-2010) Memphis Grizzlies, (2011-2013) Utah Jazz
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2002)
- Consensus second-team All-American (2001)
- Big 12 Player of the Year (2001)
- Jamaal Tinsley’s known by the name “Mel Mel the Abuser” at New York’s Rucker Park.
- Tinsley alongside teammate Marcus Fizer led Iowa State to the Elite 8 before losing to eventual champion Michigan State.
- Was the first overall selection of the 2011 NBA D-League Draft.