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Jamaal Tinsley out of Iowa State
College: Iowa State
Height: 6'-3"
Weight: 175
Class: Senior
Birth Date: February 28, 1978
Age: 42 years, 238 days old
HomeTown: Brooklyn, NY
NBA Comparison: Mike Bibby Notes on Jamaal Tinsley
Being the top point guard prospect in the upcoming NBA draft hasn't made Jamaal Tinsley a household name, but joining the NBA might. Tinsley is a pure prototypical point guard - new school version. He has playground moves with a calm, even temperment. He is a modest scorer but lights it up when he has the ball. His passing and offensive skills are impressive, but his defense might be his best trait. He was able to control games in college and is a terrific in-your-face defender. He should go in the middle part of the lottery and could go as high as 6 to New Jersey.
Strengths of Jamaal Tinsley
Tinsley does a little bit of everything on the floor. He can shoot, defend, pass and is a terrific floor leader. He has good size for a point guard and can change the game on both ends of the floor. He has a calm demeanor and is a big game player. He has all the things scouts want in a point guard
Weaknesses of Jamaal Tinsley
For all intents and purposes, Tinsley has few weaknesses. He has been labelled soft at times mainly because he is not as vocal as some would like. Beyond that, he did have a rather high assist to turnover ratio (about 7 assists to 4 turnovers) because he tends to take chances. He will have to control his game a little more to succeed in the NBA.
Tinsley on the Rockets?
The last thing the Rockets need is a point guard so there is little chance they would take him. Besides, unless the Rockets are able to move up, they won't even get the chance.