Ex-NBA point guard and first round draft pick Jamaal Tinsley was granted the honor of being selected in the first round a for a second time in his career, but this time on a much smaller scale. Tinsley was selected first overall in 2011’s NBA Developmental League draft by the Los Angeles D-Fenders Thursday, at the ripe young age of 33:
“I’m humble and blessed for this opportunity,” said Tinsley in a release
“Our goal all along with the first overall pick was to take the player who we felt gave the D-Fenders the best chance of winning right now,” [Head coach Eric] Musselman said in a release. “In this case, we were able to do just that with the selection of Jamaal. The guard position was a point of emphasis for us entering the draft, and Jamaal’s extensive experience in the backcourt provides the D-Fenders with a great foundation as we work towards our ultimate goal of winning a D-League Championship.”
Good to see that Jamaal is keeping his hoop dreams alive. Tinsley last played in the NBA in 2009-2010, when he averaged just 3.5 ppg and 2.8 apg for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was selected 27th overall by the Pacers back in 2001 and has career averages 9.8 ppg and 6.6 apg while making over $39 mil as a pro.
Best of luck to Tinsley in his new endeavor as a D-Leaguer. Maybe he’ll go on to be the oldest ROY in D-League history. He definitey has the experience to make it happen.