Lionel Chalmers

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Lionel Chalmers, Jr.
No. 8 – Châlons Reims
Position Point guard
League LNB Pro A
Personal information
Born (1980-11-10) November 10, 1980 (age 33)
Albany, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Albany (Albany, New York)
College Xavier (2000–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2005 Los Angeles Clippers
2005–2006 AEK Athens
2006 TAU Cerámica
2006–2007 Dinamo Sassari
2007 Basket CAI Zaragoza
2007–2008 Benetton Treviso
2008–2009 Universitet Yugra Surgut
2009–2010 Enisey Krasnoyarsk
2010–2012 Lokomotiv Kuban
2012–2013 Aliağa Petkim
2013–2014 Levski Sofia
2014–present Chalons-Reims
Career highlights and awards
  • NBL champion (2014)

Lionel Chalmers, Jr. (born November 10, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Chalons-Reims of the LNB Pro A. He is 6'0" (1.83 m) in height and he weighs 180 pounds (82 kg) and plays at the point guard position.

Amateur career[edit]

Chalmers played his first three years of high school basketball at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady, New York. He then transferred to Albany High School for his senior year.

Chalmers attended Xavier University, where he played college basketball for four years as an undergraduate and later as a graduate student. As a senior, he led Xavier to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pro career[edit]

Chalmers was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft with the 33rd overall pick. He played in 34 games in the 2004–05 season with the Clippers, averaging 3.1 points per game and 1.4 assists per game in 12.0 minutes per game. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on August 20, 2005 along with Marko Jaric in exchange for Sam Cassell.[1] He played for the Timberwolves in the 2005–06 NBA preseason, but he was released into free agency before the regular season commenced.

He played in the Greek A1 league with AEK Athens BC from November 2005, until February 2006, when he then joined TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB.[2]

He played with the Phoenix Suns' summer league team during the summer of 2006,[3] but he was not retained by the Suns. He also played for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2006 preseason. After the Hawks waived him before the regular season began, Chalmers signed with Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari of the Italian second division in December 2006.[4] In May 2007, he signed with the Spanish ACB club Basket CAI Zaragoza.[5]

In July 2007, he moved to the Italian first division team Benetton Treviso. After spending a season in Italy, he signed with the Russian club Universitet Yugra Surgut. He had a successful season in Surgut, as he was the top scorer of the Russian Basketball Super League with 21.4 points per game. In the 2009-10 season he played with another Super League club, Enisey Krasnoyarsk.In July 2010 he signed with BC Lokomotiv Kuban.[6] In 2012, he joined Aliağa Petkim of Turkey.[7] In October 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Levski Sofia.[8] With them he won the National Basketball League of Bulgaria.

In July 2014, he signed with Chalons-Reims of the French LNB Pro A.[9]

Personal[edit]

Lionel's cousin, Mario Chalmers, formerly of the Kansas Jayhawks, was picked in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was later traded to the Miami Heat, with whom he won 2 consecutive NBA championships.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 'Sam I Am' to bring playoff experience to Clippers
  2. ^ HoopsHype - NBA Players - Lionel Chalmers.
  3. ^ Kerr takes shot today with Hill.
  4. ^ Tracy Graven (2006-12-07). "In Development, December 4–7, 2006". Hoopsworld.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Euro Basket - Spanish Basket". Eurobasket.net. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  6. ^ Lokomotiv Kuban signs Lionel Chalmers to a one-year contract
  7. ^ Lionel Chalmers. Eurobasket
  8. ^ "Lionel Chalmers signs with Levski Sofia". Sportando.net. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lionel CHALMERS signe au CCRB" (in French). ccrbasket.com. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  10. ^ HEAT Acquire Draft Rights To Mario Chalmers

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