7 Difference-makers the Utah Jazz signed past their prime

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Utah Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley
Utah Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jamaal Tinsley (2011)

Breaking out as a difference-maker during his first seven seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Jamaal Tinsley’s tenure with the team ended in 2009. It’s unfortunate that it ended on somewhat of a sour note, but it was clearly time for the two sides to part ways. Tinsley elected to reignite his career on another team. His first stop was with the Memphis Grizzlies, before ultimately signing with the Utah Jazz in 2011. He would end up spending three seasons with the Jazz.

Even though Tinsley spent three seasons with the Jazz, his tenure with the team has to be considered somewhat disappointing. By the time Tinsley got to the Jazz, not only was he beyond his prime but he was not in much of a position to play a huge role for an NBA team.

During the three seasons Tinsley spent with the Jazz, he played in 111 combined games and started just 38 of them. In his best season in Utah, Tinsley averaged four points and three assists per game on 40 percent shooting from the field.

As a surprise to no one, Tinsley’s stint with the Jazz ended up being his final stop in his NBA career.