11. Mario Chalmers
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.
2013-14 would see Chalmers play and start in 73 contests for the Heat, play 29.8 minutes per appearance, and score 9.8 points, all values which ranked him fourth on the team. He tied LeBron James for the team-lead with 1.6 steals and ranked second with 4.9 assists, placing third on the club with 2.5 Defensive Win Shares.
Rio scored 15 points with seven assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals on November 12th, in a 118-95 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The day after New Year’s, in a 123-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Chalmers racked up 17 points with seven boards, three helpers and three steals. On April 4th, he finished with a season-high 24 points in a 122-121, two-overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, also putting up six helpers and pulling down as many rebounds. The Heat, 49-24 with Chalmers playing, were 5-4 when he didn’t.
Chalmers started in 19 of Miami’s 20 playoff games through the postseason, coming off the bench in the other. In 26.8 minutes per game, he put up 6.4 points, 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steals. By GameScore, his best performance in the playoffs was in Miami’s Game Five, 93-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, when he scored eight points with eight rebounds and five assists.
In 2014-15, Chalmers led Miami with 80 games played, eight more than Luol Deng, who was second, and 18 more than anyone else on the team. Chalmers started in 37 of them. He scored 10.2 points per game, playing 29.6 minutes per contest. He also averaged 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals while shooting .403 from the field and a career-worst .294 from deep.
Chalmers best games of the season, going by GameScore, were on back-to-back nights. On November 22nd in a 99-92 win against the Orlando Magic, he racked up 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting, with eight helpers and five rebounds. The following night, in a 94-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, Chalmers scored 20 points with 10 assists and four rebounds in 38 minutes. Miami completed the season short of the playoffs, with a 37-45 record.
In 2015-16, Chalmers played in six of Miami’s first seven games. His scoring averaged dipped to 5.5 in just 20 minutes per game, on .313 shooting percentage. On November 10th, the Heat traded Chalmers with James Ennis to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jarnell Stokes and Beno Udrih. He played 55 games with them that season, but ruptured his achilles tendon late in the season. They subsequently waived him. Chalmers did not play with any NBA team last season, but was resigned by Memphis on July 19th.
Stat Line: 525 games, 27.8 minutes, .422 field goals, .360 three-pointers, .776 free throws, 8.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 12.4 PER, 28.0 Win Shares.
Cumulative GameScore: 4310.1