Dec 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6) dribbles against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz Jamaal Tinsley Good, Bad, or Ugly?

My first article previewing Jamaal Tinsley came to this conclusion:

I don’t expect huge things from Jamaal Tinsley, but I don’t think he is out of gas. This year I expect him to come off the bench and contribute only about 4 points per game. However if injury thins out the Jazz front line, look for Tinsley to come off the bench with the second unit contributing closer to 8 points per game. Tinsley is precisely the type of player you want deep on the bench, though his best days maybe behind him, he provides solid depth and leadership.

My original assessment of Jamaal Tinsley during the trade series of articles:

Point Guard Jamaal Tinsley 6ft 3in – Tinsley is a good backup to Mo Williams and Earl Watson. He also brings insurance against injuries. If anything should happen to the front line, he is a veteran who would be able to use his leadership off the bench with the second unit. His 1 year $1,352,181.00 salary makes him a good asset off the bench. His trade value – F, value as a player for the Jazz – C, likely hood of being traded – D

As I predicted Jamaal Tinsley has seen seventeen starts of the thirty-four games played so far this season. Also as predicted he has contributed about four points per game. On the bright side Jamaal’s three point game is the best it has been since his 2006-07 season. He has done exactly what we have needed of him as far as outside shooting, assists, and providing needed steals and a couple of blocks. He is doing a great job as a role player, but I think we would like to see about one more three pointer per game from him.

His veteran experience and role playing is keeping him a good fit for the Jazz playbook. Though next season will be his tenth in the league I think the Utah Jazz would be smart to pick him up for one or two more seasons, as there are few guys in the league that fit the system so well, and has a contract that is affordable. I would say that Jamaal is one of the good guys…


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