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Miami Heat Player Countdown: 13. Mario Chalmers

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A review of current point guard Mario Chalmers.

Mike Ehrmann

Almario Vernard Chalmers, more commonly known as "Mario," is a 6'1" point guard from Anchorage, AK. Born on May 19th, 1986, he attended Bartlett High in his hometown, earning McDonald's All American Honors in 2005. He hen played three seasons of collegiate hoops with the Kansas Jayhawks, averaging 12.2 points with 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds. After declaring himself draft eligible after his junior season in 2007-08, the Minnesota TimberWolves made him their second round pick, 34th overall. They would immediately trade him to the Heat for cash and two draft picks (Henk Norel and Nick Calathes). He signed on with Miami for three seasons and $2,327,889.

As a rookie, Chalmers tied for the NBA lead with 82 appearances, all starts. He played in a career high 32 minutes per game, scoring 10 points with 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and two steals. He shot 42% from the floor, and 36.7% from three-point distance. He finished in double figures just under half the time (40-of-82) and helped Miami to a 43-39 record. In his fourth career game, on November 5th, he scored six points with six assists, four rebounds, and an incredible nine steals in 31 minutes of a 106-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. On February 8th, he registered his only double double of the season in a 96-92 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, sinking six-of-10 buckets for 16 points with 13 dimes. In a 140-129, three overtime victory against the Utah Jazz, he scored a season high 23 points with four assists and five steals. The Atlanta Hawks dispatched the Heat in the opening round in seven games. Chalmers totaled 51 points with 31 assists, 20 steals and 19 rebounds.

In 2009-10, Chalmers started 22 times out of 73 overall appearances, shooting 40.1% in 24.8 minutes per game. He shot 31.8% from long distance, collecting 1.8 rebounds, making 3.4 assists, and making 1.2 steals per game. He scored 10 or more points 19 times, and helped the Heat to a 43-30 record while on the floor. In a 120-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors on November 20th, he scored a season high 30 points with three assists and three steals. He scored 18 points with seven rebounds and four assists on February 19th in a two overtime, 100-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Heat went 47-35 before losing in the first round to the Boston Celtics. In five games, Chalmers averaged 11 points, 2.6 assists and two rebounds per game.

2010-11 would see Miami go 52-18 in Chalmers' appearances. He started in 28 of his 70 games, shooting 35.9% from deep and 39.9% overall in 22.6 minutes per contest, with 6.4 points scored, 2.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. He put up double digits 17 times. On Februrary 8th, in a 117-112 win over the Indiana Pacers, he put up a season high 16 points. He scored five points with 13 assists on April 13th, in a win against the Raptors, 97-79. The Heat posted a 58-24 record, but lost in the finals to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Chalmers scored eight points with two rebounds, two assists, and 1.3 steals per contest.

Chalmers appeared 64 times in 2011-12, starting in each game. He scored 9.8 points with 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 28.5 minutes per game. He improved his shooting percentages to career bests 44.8% overall and 38.8% from deep. The 46-20 Heat would see Chalmers finish in double figures 33 times. His best game was on January 5th, in a 116-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks, when he scored 29 points with eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals. Miami won their second NBA title, making victims of the New York Knicks in five, the Pacers in six, the Celtics in seven, and the Oklahoma City Thunder in five. In Miami's game three win over the Pacers, 94-75, Chalmers put up a team high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting with six rebounds and five assists.

In 2012-13, Miami charged to a 66-16 record, as Chalmers started 77 games at the point. He shot a career best 40.9% from three point range, and 42.9% overall in 26.9 minutes per game. He scored 8.6 points with 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. He registered 11 assists in two of his first four games. He scored a career high 34 points on January 12th, hitting 10-of-13 three-pointers in a 128-99 win over the Sacramento Kings. Miami breezed through the first two playoff series, sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in four games and defeating the Bulls in five before requiring seven games each against the Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. They won their second consecutive NBA title and third overall, while Chalmers averaged 9.4 points wtih 3.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds. He will be entering the third year of a three-year, $12,000,000 contract.

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All-Time HEATline: Five seasons, 366 games, 27.1 minutes, 8.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.3 PER, 25.1 win shares.