The common denominator is professionalism.
Backup Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley doesn’t say much at all. Once a New York City playground star, Tinsley, 34, is anything but flashy. He recorded 14 assists against only two turnovers Saturday as the Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 94-81.
Asked about his stellar productivity, Tinsley responded by saying, “It always feels good to win a game no matter if I have two or three assists.
Starting in place of the injured Mo Williams, Tinsley didn’t score at all. In fact, he took only three shots, instead challenging himself to get easy scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Afterward, his coach and teammates marveled at the way he conducts himself, remaining ready to step into the starting lineup at a moments notice.
Coach Tyrone Corbin said he’s long been impressed with the way Tinsley approaches the game. Teammate Marvin Williams said Tinsley is the definition of a “pro.”
Marvin Williams Tinsley approached him before the game and told him to be ready to run with him on the court.
“He’s got the ability to pass and he likes to pass,” Marvin said. “Mo isn’t a traditional point guard because he has such an ability to score. He has the ability to shoot the ball (but) he definitely passes the ball, too.”
Marvin said he and Mo chuckled when the looked at the stat sheet and noticed Tinsley had only taken three shots for the entire night.
At halftime Saturday, Tinsley was 0-for-2 from the field but had already recorded 10 assists and did not have a turnover.