• Jamaal Tinsley
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Born: Feb 28, 1978
Height: 6-3 /  1,91
Weight: 185  lbs. / 83,9  kg.
College: Iowa State
Years Pro: 7


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Through the first 24 games of the season, he was averaging a career-best 15.8 ppg and was ranked among the league leaders in both assists (8.6) and steals (1.96) per game...however, due to an injury to his left knee, he would make just 15 more appearances the rest of the season. At the time he was injured, he was fourth in the league in assists and second in the Eastern Conference...he scored in double figures in 19 of those first 24 games with seven games of 20+ points and a season-best 29 points in the Pacers' road win against the L.A. Clippers, 12/2. In that game against the Clippers, he shot 10-20 FGS, 3-3 3-pt FGS and 6-6 FTS...the game against the Clippers in Los Angeles was one of just three in which he led the team in scoring. He tied for the team lead in scoring with 20 points at Toronto, 11/16, and led the Pacers' to a 106-103 win at Miami with 26 the Pacers' win vs. Chicago, 12/12, he scored 18 points--including the 4,000th of his NBA career. He concluded the season with 4,144 points in his career...though he played less than half the season, his 66 steals ranked fourth best on the team and he had a season-high five thefts at Portland, 11/28. That was one of his 21 games with multiple steals and five was one short of the most by any Pacers' player this season...his one steal at Charlotte, 11/9, was the 600th of his career and he is just the sixth player in franchise history to reach that milestone. He is one of only three Indiana players (along with Reggie Miller and Vern Fleming) to have had 600 thefts in the NBA alone...with his 11 assists at Golden State, 1/13, he moved ahead of Don Buse for fourth place on the Pacers' all-time career (ABA & NBA) assists list and he finished the season with 2,786 assists in his seven-year career...he led the team in assists in all but three of the first 25 games and in 32 of his 39 appearances in 2007-08...including a high of 13 vs. Utah, 11/17, at New Orleans, 11/21, and vs. Sacramento, 1/19, he had 19 games with 10+ assists and registered a team-high 11 the Pacers' opening night win vs. Washington, 10/31, he nearly registered his third career triple-double (and his first in five years), scoring 20 points with a season-high nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists...on the night after Thanksgiving, 11/25, he came within a rebound of a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high matching nine boards vs. Cleveland...that game against the Cavs was one of two this season in which he tied for the team lead in rebounding...for the season, he averaged at least three and a half rebounds a game for the fourth time in his career, and the first time in the last three seasons, with 3.6 rpg...his one rebound at Seattle, 11/30, was the 1,000th defensive rebound of his career...including three of the first six games, and nine of the first 20, he had five or more rebounds 12 times.

After playing a maximum of 52 games in any of the previous three seasons, he played in, and started, 72 of 82 games...he started each of the season’s first 40 contests, before sitting out the game vs. Chicago, 1/22, with a sore lower back...he scored in double figures in 46 of his 72 appearances and scored 20 or more points 14 times...against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 3/13, he scored a career-high 37 points on 13-26 FGS, 4-6 3-pt FGS and 7-7 FTS...that was his most free throw attempts in a single game without a miss for the season...third on the team with a career-high 239 free throw attempts, he also connected on a career-best 172 free throws, marking just the third time in his six seasons that he had made more than 100 FTS...he attempted 10+ free throws seven times, but made 10+ FTS just three times, including a career-high 11 (11-13) at Orlando, 3/30...after making 104-151 FTS (.689) in his first 39 games, he shot 68-88 FTS (.772) the rest of the season...on the final play of the game vs. San Antonio, 4/1, he scored the game-winning points by eluding the Spurs’ Tim Duncan and making a scooping layup just before time expired...on that final play, he also suffered an injury to his elbow, which kept him out of six of the Pacers’ last eight games...he missed a total of nine games due to injury and was suspended for one (3/10) by the team for conduct detrimental to the team...he led the team in assists with 494, his most since his second NBA season (2002-03)...his assists gave him a total of 2,460 in six NBA seasons, fifth on the team’s all-time career assists...his three assists in the game vs. Orlando, 11/10, gave him 2,000 in his career and he was just the seventh player in franchise history to achieve that mark...he led the team in assists (including ties) in 59 of his 72 appearances...his average of 6.9 apg led the team and was 11th best in the NBA...that average was sixth best in the Eastern Conference...he also ranked among the league leaders (10th) in steals with an average of 1.63 spg, which topped the team...he had 100+ steals for the third time in his career, and the first time in four seasons, with a team-best 117...that total ranked 17th best in the NBA and was the ninth highest total among Eastern Conference players...he had a season-high five steals against the Knicks, 1/20, and that was one of his 18 games with three or more steals...the second of his two steals at Denver, 12/2, was the 500th of his career and he was just the seventh player in franchise history to achieve that mark...he finished the season with 594 in his career -- sixth best in Pacers’ history...collecting more than 200 rebounds for the first time in four years, he had 240 rebounds in 2006-07 for an average of 3.33 spg...he grabbed five or more rebounds 21 times, including nine of the first 16 games...he grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds at Orlando, 3/30, giving the second points-rebounds double-double of his career...his 60 offensive rebounds in 2006-07 were his most since his rookie season (78)...vs. Houston, 12/26, he gathered a season-best four offensive rebounds, one off his career-high.

In a season riddled with injuries, he averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.0 apg in 42 outings this season. He shot 37-73 FGS (.507) in his first nine games this season….over his last 33 appearances, he shot just 121-313 from the floor (.387) and finished the season shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, his lowest mark in the last three seasons. Including a season-high five in a row from 12/17 to 12/27, he scored in double figures 17 times and hit for 20+ points twice. In his first appearance of the season in his hometown of New York, 12/17, he scored a season-best 23 points on 8-16 FGS, 1-3 3-pt FGS and 6-7 FTS…that was his most attempts and tied his most made from the foul line this season. A starter in 21 of his first 23 games this season, he started just six of his last 19 appearances. As a starter, he averaged 29.6 mpg, 10.3 ppg and 5.4 apg, while shooting 42.0 percent from the floor. In his 15 games off the bench, he averaged 21.5 mpg, 7.4 ppg and 4.3 apg, shooting 37.3 percent from the floor. For the season, he shot career-lows of 63.7 percent from the foul line and 22.9 percent from 3-pt range. With his third 3-pt FG of the season, at Charlotte, 11/16, he moved into the franchise's all-time top 10 in 3-pt FG made with 226, ahead of Chris Mullin. That game against the Bobcats was one of just two this season in which he made more than one 3-pt FG and he shot 2-3 in that contest. He was 3-3 from 3-pt range in the Pacers' win at Utah, 11/29. He hit 11 of his first 34 attempts from long range (.324), but made just five of his last 36 3-pt FGS (.139). Including the first double-digit assists game of the season for the Pacers, he led the team in assists (including ties) 14 times in the first 25 games. He was the only Pacers' player to deal 10+ assists twice this season...he had 11 assists vs. Charlotte, 11/18, and that was the only game of 10+ assists for Indiana in its first 52 games. He distributed a season-high 14 assists vs. the 76ers, 3/26. He grabbed 49 steals this season, including a team season-high five in the season-opener at Orlando, 11/2. He added three more games with three steals in the team's first eight games, but then had multiple steals just eight times the rest of the season. He had a total of eight games with three or more steals, but just two in his last 23 outings. He averaged 3.2 rpg this season and had five or more boards 10 times…eight of those came in his first 19 games. He had a season-high six rebounds five times, including three in a row from 12/17 to 12/23.

Among the league leaders in assists and steals in the first half of the season, he averaged 6.7 apg and 2.2 spg in 36 appearances through the season's first 41 games. ... However, he would play in just four more games the rest of the season due to a bruised left foot. ... In his 27 games prior to suffering that injury, he averaged 19.1 ppg and shot 184-422 FGS (.436). ... In the last 40 games of the season, he saw action four times and totaled 51 minutes. ... He was one of three players in the NBA this season with a league-best eight steals, doing so against the Pistons in the Palace of Auburn Hills, 11/19. ... His eight steals against the Pistons tied the most steals by any Pacers' player in the last 25 years, since Dudley Bradley set the team record with nine in 1980. ... He had at least one steal in each of his first 25 games and in 33 of his first 34 appearances. In those 34 games, he had multiple steals 22 times with three or more 14 times. ... His 81 steals this season gave him 428 in his career, 10th on the Pacers' all-time steals list. He replaced Chuck Person in 10th place with his three thefts at Miami, 1/21. ... With his one steal at Charlotte, 12/29, he became the 13th player in franchise history to reach 400 steals in his career. ... Averaging in double figures for the first time in his career, he scored 15.4 ppg this season and had 20 or more points 12 times with two games of 30+ points. ... He led the Pacers with a career-high 33 points at Chicago 12/18. He had 30 points to lead the Pacers to an overtime win at Miami, 1/21. ... That game against the Bulls was one of seven 20-point games he had in a span of nine appearances from 11/23 to 12/8. In those nine games, he averaged 23.3 ppg. ... Following the incident at Detroit, 11/19, he played in 25 of the next 30 games and averaged 20.0 ppg in that span. In those 25 appearances, he also averaged 7.7 apg and 2.1 apg. ... He handed out a team-high 257 assists this season and his second assist at Cleveland, 11/3, was the 1,500th of his career. He is the 12th player in team history to reach that milestone. ... With 1,755 in his career, he is ninth on the Pacers' all-time career assists list. ... He shot a career-high 41.8 percent from the floor this season, including 58-156 3-pt FGS (.372). He was third on the team in 3-pt field goal percentage. ... His 58 3-pt FGS were his second most in one season. ... His 3-pt FG at San Antonio, 1/6, was the 200th of his career and he was the 12th player to reach that mark with the Pacers. ... He had his best season at the foul line, shooting 122-164 (.744). ... He attempted a career-high 15 free throws at Chicago, 12/18, and made 10, also a career-best. ... He led the Pacers in assists in each of his first 15 appearances and in 33 of the 40 games he played. ... He dealt a season-high 14 assists twice, including the season opener at Cleveland, 11/3, and against the Timberwolves, 11/25. ... He had 10+ assists seven times and registered four double-doubles. He has 33 double-doubles in his career, including two triple-doubles. ... He averaged a career-best 4.0 rpg this season and had a season-high eight boards three times. ... He had five or more rebounds 15 times, including four of the first six games of the season.
Playoffs: Making his first appearance for the Pacers since 2/23, he started Game 5 against Boston, 5/3, and made an immediate impact with seven assists, five steals and six points. His five steals tied the most by any player in the NBA in the 2005 postseason. ... Five steals is his most ever in the playoffs. ... He scored six points in each of his three outings in the series with Boston and shot 8-25 from the floor (.320). He missed all eight of his attempts from 3-pt range while making his two free throws. ... He averaged 3.0 rpg with a high of five in Game 6, 5/5. ... Averaged 10.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in second round against Detroit. ... Had 12-point, 12-assist double-double in Game 2 and averaged 14.5 points in the first four games but totaled two points in the final two games.

Including a stint on the injured list, made just four appearances in the first 30 games of the season ... After coming off the injured list just after Christmas, saw action in 37 straight games and started 28 of those ... Pacers were 34-9 (.791) in his starts ... Handed out an average of 6.2 apg as a starter, as opposed to 4.0 apg in nine games off the bench. Also averaged 9.1 ppg as a starter ... Scored a season-high 19 points at Washington, 2/20 ... The only Pacers' player to hand out 10+ assists in 2003-04, did so six times and registered four double-doubles ... Pacers were 6-0 in games in which he had 10+ assists ... Assists-to-turnover ratio of 2.75-to-1 was third best on the team and ranked 19th in the NBA ... Shot career-best .372 from the 3-point line ... Career average entering the season was .258 ... Also had career-high percentages from the field (.414) and foul line (.731) ... Second on the team with 84 steals, averaged 1.79 spg as a starter ... Shot .481 with at least two days between games ... In games with less than two days in between, shot .378
Playoffs: Averaged 8.1 points, 5.0 assists and 1.75 steals in starting all 16 playoff games ... Battling injuries to his left ankle and knee in the conference finals, averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 assists while shooting .327 from the field ... In the second round against Miami, helped lead the Pacers to victory in Game 1 with a playoff career-high 17 points ... Scored 16 in Game 3 ... Led the Pacers with 20 steals in the series ... Averaged 4.5 rpg in the series, including a playoff career-high eight boards in Game 4 .... In four games against the Celtics, had a team-high 24 assists and committed just six turnovers for a team-best assists-to-turnover ratio of 4.0-to-1 2002-03:
The team’s leader in assists for the second straight season, he was sixth in the NBA with an average of 7.5 assists per game. ... He dealt 10 or more assists 21 times, including two games with a season-best 15 assists. ... He had 15 assists vs. Dallas, 11/26, and nearly pulled off a triple-double with seven rebounds and 13 points. He also had 15 assists against the L.A. Clippers, 1/26. ... Among the rookie leaders with 17 double-doubles in 2001-02, he had just eight this season. He had two double-doubles after 2/14 and they both came in the season’s last seven games. ... He averaged 8.8 apg in the season’s last seven games and in that span had an assists-to-turnover ratio of 3.43-to-1. ... He ranked 13th in the NBA with an assists-to-turnover ratio of 2.85-to-1. ... He registered the 1,000th assist of his career in the game vs. Boston, 3/19. ... He scored in double figures 19 times with three games of 20+ points. ... He scored a season-high 21 points at Milwaukee, 12/11. He then tied that figure with 21 points at Atlanta, 2/16. ... He had 20 points in the Pacers’ win against Philadelphia, 12/15, hitting 10-14 FGS. ... In that game against the Bucks, he shot 4-6 from 3-pt range. ... He ranked 10th in the NBA with an average of 1.71 steals per game. ... He and Ron Artest were the first Indiana teammates to have 100+ steals in the same season since 1994-95 (Derrick McKey and Mark Jackson). ... He claimed three or more steals 17 times. .. He had a season-high five steals against the Cavs, 2/11, and he was one of three Pacers’ players with a season-high five thefts this season. ... A member of the Rookie team in the “got milk?” Rookie Challenge last season, he played for the Sophomore team this season and once again led his team in assists with 11. ... He came off the bench four times, averaging 5.5 ppg and 5.5 apg in those four games. ... He missed three games with injuries, including a sprained right ankle that kept him out of the starting lineup for the home-opener vs. Houston, 10/30. ... He sat out two games (at L.A. Clippers, 12/1, and at Utah, 12/2) with a bruised right thigh. ... He also missed six games due to personal reasons.
Playoffs: Averaged 30.8 minutes, 8.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in six starts. Shot .571 from the field, which would’ve led the league with enough attempts. Shot .615 from the 3-point line, which ranked second among all postseason players. In the first four games of the Boston series, averaged 11.8 points and 9.3 assists. In the last two, totaled four points and two assists.

First rookie to start on opening night for the Pacers since Vern Fleming in 1984...Named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November, 2001, and March, 2002...In November, averaged 10.9 ppg, 9.2 apg, 2.1 spg and 32.2 mpg...Had eight games of 10+ assists in November, including three in a row from 11/25 to 11/28...In 15 games during March, averaged 11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.2 apg and 2.0 spg...Handed out 10+ assists 21 times during the season but had 10 or more assists just six times in the second half of the season...Led all rookies in assists and steals and ranked fifth in the NBA in assists with an average of 8.1 apg...Tied for 14th in the NBA with an average of 1.73 spg...His 647 assists tied for the fourth highest single-season total in the Pacers’ NBA history...Against the Washington Wizards, 11/22, became the second Pacers rookie to register a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and a club record 23 assists...His 23 assists in that game were the most by any NBA player in 2001-02 and were the second highest total ever by a rookie in the NBA...Is just the third player in franchise history to hand out 20+ assists...Was one of six players in the NBA in 2001-02 with more than one triple-double, recording his second with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Minnesota, 3/15...His eight assists against the Heat, 12/31, gave him 302 assists for the season, shattering the previous rookie record of 295 assists in a season by Chuck Person in 1986-87...Had two or more steals 38 times, but just 16 times in the second half of the season...Missed two games due to injury -- at Miami, 1/19, with a bruised left knee and elbow and vs. Memphis, 1/30, due to a sore left hip...Named to the Rookie squad for the “got milk?” Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend and led the rookies with 10 assists...His 138 steals in 2001-02 were the most by any Pacers’ player since Micheal Williams had 233 steals in 1991-92...The team leader in turnovers with 270, had one game without a miscue.
Playoffs: Averaged a team-high 5.0 apg in the first round series with the Nets, but totaled just four in the last two games of the series...Totaled just 16 minutes in the last two games of the series...Totaled just two steals in the postseason and none in the last three games.

Started every game of his Cyclone career, compiling a record of 57-11 and winning two Big 12 Conference titles....In just two seasons, he finished his collegiate career at Iowa State ranked fifth in career assists (431) and fifth in career steals (177)....As a senior, he was runner-up to Shane Battier of Duke for National Player of the Year by The Associated Press....Selected to Second Team All-America by the AP, NABC First Team All-America and USBWA Second Team All-America....Earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors from the AP and the Big 12 Coaches....Selected to the Big 12 Conference First Team by the AP and the Big 12 Coaches and was a member of the Big 12 All-Defense Team....Ranked 24th in the nation in assists (6.0) and 20th in steals (2.5)....Leading the Cyclones in all four categories, he averaged 14.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.5 spg and 0.6 bpg....The MVP in the Tribune Cyclone Challenge Tournament and Yahoo! Sports Invitational....Recorded four double-doubles and scored in double-figures 23 times....Handed out a career-high 14 assists against Western Carolina, 12/30, along with 10 points, three steals and two rebounds....Scored a career-high 29 points (10-19 FGS, 2-6 3-pt FGS, 7-9 FTS) and registered three rebounds, five assists and five steals against Nebraska, 3/3....Prior to his senior season, he toured Austria with the Big 12 All-Stars....Second-leading scorer (12.5) and led the team in assists (5.0) and steals (3.0)....As a member of the U.S. Select Team, he played only nine minutes vs. the U.S. Olympic Team on 9/2, due to a bruised knee....Rregistered one rebound, one assist and one steal....As a junior, he was voted Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by the AP and the Big 12 Coaches....Selected to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team by the AP and the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team by the coaches....Selected to the Big 12 Conference All-Tournament Team and the Big 12 All-Defense Team....Started a school-record 37 games and ranked second in the conference with averages of 6.6 assists and 2.7 steals....Ranked 13th with 1.0 blocks....Registered one triple-double and four double-doubles....Posted double-figure scoring 26 times....Established Iowa State's single season record for assists (244) and steals (98)....Scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Missouri, 1/8....Scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals against Oklahoma State, 3/11....Scored a season-high 26 points (10-13 FGS, 2-2 3-pt FGS, 4-7 FTS) and had six rebounds, six assists and four steals against Central Connecticut State, 3/16....At Mount San Jacinto Community College, he was a two-time first team all-California Community College selection....Also a two-time Foothill Conference MVP and was the 1999 California Community College tri-player of the year.


  • Full name is Jamaal Lee Tinsley
  • Nickname is Mel
  • He was a sociology major
  • Is the third of eight children
  • Has three brothers and four sisters
  • Played in the 1996 Nike Invitational
  • Grew up playing in New York City’s Rucker League, which has produced such stars as Connie Hawkins, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Ed “Booger” Smith, Stephon Marbury and Earl “The Goat” Manigault
  • Had a bit part in the movie “Soul to the Hole” and was also featured in “On Hallowed Ground”
  • Favorite food is macaroni and cheese
  • Favorite musical performer is Jay-Z
  • Basketball heroes growing up were Isiah Thomas, Rod Strickland and Mark Jackson
  • Wears a size 13 basketball shoe.