Apparently former Indiana Pacers point guard Jamaal Tinsley is serious about playing in the NBA again. According to Mark Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Tin Man has entered his name in the NBA Development League draft scheduled for Thursday.
Tinsley has sent in the needed paperwork to enter Thursday's NBA Development League draft, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Tinsley, 33, averaged 9.8 points and 6.6 assists per game through eight NBA seasons while starting 366 of 436 career regular-season games. He last played in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2009-10 season. The deadline to enter the D-League draft is Tuesday.
I must say, I appreciate the effort Tinsley is going through here by trying to utilize the NBDL. Instead of just trying to find a spare NBA roster spot when the lockout ends, he's taking a risk by playing in the D-League where the current state of his game can be scrutinized. So in essence he's trying to earn that spot on a NBA roster along with the trust of NBA front office types by playing in the D-League and showing his game, not only from a skill stand point but also from a dedication stand point by handling his business without all of the trappings of the NBA.
I've mentioned this before, but I think it would be great for Lance Stephenson to play with the D-League team in Fort Wayne during the lockout. It would give him a chance to keep working on his game and show some maturity by handling his business at the D-League level.