Jamaal Lee Tinsley is a professional basketball player from the USA who plays as a point guard. Tinsley began playing at the famous Rucker Park in New York City. Known to throw up famous players, Tinsley followed in their footsteps and was known there as “Mel Mel the Abuser”. Although Tinsley never played in any high school formats, after dropping out, he still managed to get into Mount San Jacinto College.
In the two seasons that Tinsley spent at MSJC, he was named the Foothill Conference MVP in both years as he led the team in steals and assists. Tinsley got in a transfer to Iowa State where he could play in the NCAA championships. In both his years at the college, Tinsley was phenomenal as he took the team to consecutive Big 12 Conference titles. In his junior year, he led the Cyclones to the Elite Eight however, in 2001 they were upset in the very first round despite being seeded 2nd.
Tinsley, though, did manage to win the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year title and was also named to the Second Team, All American.
In the 2001 NBA Draft, Tinsley was picked at 27th overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, on draft night itself, he was sent out to the Atlanta Hawks first and then to the Indiana Pacers. With 9.4 points per game and 8.1 assists, Tinsley firmly placed himself into the starting point guard slot under his coach, Isiah Thomas. His performances got him into the second team of the All-NBA Rookie Team at the 2001-02 All Star Weekend.
In his second season, he played 73 games and stayed at the helm of the team despite a drop in the numbers. His averages dropped to 7.8 points per game while his assists came down to 7.5 per game.