Overnight, Jamaal Tinsley went from being a rarely used bench player — the guy with the fewest minutes on the team, in fact — to the Utah Jazz's starting point guard.

That scenario was almost as surprising as Tinsley going from being a D-League player — the league's No. 1 pick of 2011, in fact — to earning a spot on the Jazz roster as the emergency backup playmaker.

But there Tinsley was Thursday, making his first start with the Jazz after a string of injuries left Utah without its top two point guards, Devin Harris (strained left hamstring) and Earl Watson (sprained left ankle).