Mario Chalmers

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Mario Chalmers
Chalmers with the Heat
No. 15 – Miami Heat
Position Point guard
League National Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1986-05-19) May 19, 1986 (age 28)
Anchorage, Alaska
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Bartlett (Anchorage, Alaska)
College Kansas (2005–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards

Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers (born May 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] He was selected 34th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Chalmers played for the University of Kansas in college for three seasons, including the 2007–08 national championship team, hitting a dramatic three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to send the game against the Memphis Tigers into overtime, with Kansas eventually winning the game.[2]

In the 2006–2007 Big 12 Coaches Awards, Chalmers was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Marcus Dove of Oklahoma State. Chalmers was also voted on the All Big 12 Third Team, and the All Big 12 Defensive Team.

In the 2007–2008 season, Chalmers was named Big 12 All-Defensive First Team and All Big 12 Second Team. He was also named Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Championship.[3]

High school[edit]

Chalmers attended Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. Chalmers was named 4A State Player of the Year three times in a row, joining Trajan Langdon as the only other player to do so. Chalmers also led his school to two state championships in 2002 and 2003, and a runner up finish in 2004.


Chalmers playing for the Kansas Jayhawks

Chalmers was rated the #2 overall point guard in the 2005 recruiting class by and[4][5] He considered Arizona, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech before finally committing to the University of Kansas on May 21, 2004.

Freshman year[edit]

Chalmers began his college career on the bench behind guard Jeff Hawkins, but worked his way into the starting rotation in January 2006. He finished the season starting 21 of the final 22 games (missing only senior night). He finished his freshman year averaging 11.5 points per game, second on the team. He became the second freshman in Big 12 history to win Conference Player of the Week honors and was named National Freshman of the Week twice. He also set the KU and Big 12 record for most steals in a season by a freshman with 89. Chalmers won the Big 12 Tournament Most Valuable Player, KU's Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award (co- with Julian Wright), and the Dutch Lonborg Free Throw Percentage Award (78.8%).

Year Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Turnovers/Game Assist/Turnover Steals/Game Steals/Season
2005–2006 33 26.0 11.5 2.2 3.8 2.8 1.37 2.7 89

Sophomore year[edit]

Chalmers was second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, recording four 20 point games during the 06–07 season. In the Big 12 Coaches Awards, Chalmers was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Marcus Dove of Oklahoma State. Chalmers was also voted on the All Big 12 Third Team, and the All Big 12 Defensive Team. His season total of 97 steals put him in first place in Kansas basketball history for steals in a single season.

Year Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Turnovers/Game Assist/Turnover Steals/Game Steals/Season
2006–2007 38 29.2 12.2 3.0 3.3 2.4 1.36 2.6 97

Junior year[edit]

Chalmers averaged 12.8 points per game during his junior year. He also led the team in assists per game, with 4.3; 3-point shooting accuracy, at 46.8%; and steals, with 97. His 97 steals tied the school's single season record, a record he set as a sophomore. He scored 30 points in Kansas' win in the Big 12 Conference tournament title game against Texas.

He was named Big 12 All-Defensive First Team and All Big 12 Second Team.[6]

Chalmers helped his team win the 2008 NCAA Championship with a three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left in the final game (often referred to as Mario's Miracle). His three just before the end of regulation brought the game into overtime, when Kansas would take over and beat the Memphis Tigers.[2] Chalmers was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. It was the Jayhawks' 5th national title (including two pre-tournament titles in 1922 and 1923). He was on the defensive first team in the NCAA.[3]

Year Games Played Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Turnovers/Game Assist/Turnover Steals/Game Steals/Season
2007–2008 39 30.0 12.8 3.1 4.3 1.9 2.25 2.5 97

On February 16, 2013, the University of Kansas basketball program retired his jersey, #15.

NBA career[edit]

After working out for 13 teams, Chalmers was drafted with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. When asked immediately after being drafted how many times he had watched his overtime-forcing three-pointer against Memphis in the NCAA championship, Chalmers responded, "a million times." The rights to Chalmers were later included in a trade with the Miami Heat.[7]

On September 3, 2008, Chalmers and fellow former Kansas Jayhawks teammate Darrell Arthur were excused from the NBA's rookie transition program after they were caught in their hotel room that security at the resort described as smelling of marijuana with two women.[8] Fellow NBA rookie Michael Beasley was not asked to leave camp,[9][10] but was later fined $50,000 for his involvement in the incident.[11] Chalmers denied any connection with marijuana and was later fined $20,000 by the league for being suspended from the rookie symposium.[12]

2008–09 season[edit]

Chalmers started all 82 regular season games his rookie year[13] and finished the season averaging 10.0 points, 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.95 steals on 32.0 minutes per game.[14] His 1.95 steals per game ranked number one among all rookies and the fourth highest among all players.

On November 5, 2008, Chalmers set a new Miami Heat team record for steals with 9 in just his fourth game in the NBA.[15]

2009–10 season[edit]

Chalmers had played in every game up to missing January 31 game against Milwaukee Bucks. It was the first game he had missed in his two year career. On January 31, 2010, an MRI confirmed that Chalmers had a torn ligament in his thumb.[16] Chalmers returned from the injury a few weeks later, and played out the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

2010–11 season[edit]

On July 8, 2010, when LeBron James announced he would be joining the Miami Heat, Chalmers changed to his collegiate number 15, and James took Chalmers' old number 6.[17]

In Game 5 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Chalmers made a half-court shot at the buzzer of the first quarter to give the Miami Heat a 31–30 lead,[18] but the Heat would lose the game to the Dallas Mavericks 112–103 and trail in the series two games to three. Chalmers had 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal.[19] In Game 6, the Heat fell to the Mavericks.

2011–12 season[edit]

On June 15, 2011, the Heat extended a qualifying offer to Chalmers, making him a restricted free agent in the offseason.[20] On December 9, 2011, Chalmers officially re-signed with the Heat on a 3 year, $12 million deal.[21] He recorded 29 points in a triple-overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on January 5, 2012.[22]

On February 15, 2012, the NBA announced that Chalmers, along with fellow Heat player James Jones, were going to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout.[23] However, Chalmers was eliminated in the first round.

Statistically, Chalmers had his best regular season since his rookie year, and had career highs in both three-point percentage and field goal percentage.[24]

Chalmers was highly praised for his 25 point performance in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat win the game.[25] In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Chalmers recorded 10 points, 7 assists and 2 rebounds in 34 minutes of play as the Heat and Chalmers won the 2012 NBA championship. It was Chalmers' first NBA title.

2012–13 season[edit]

On January 12, 2013, Chalmers scored a career-high 34 points against the Sacramento Kings, making 10 three-pointers. He tied the Heat's record for most three-pointers in a game.[26] On June 9, 2013, during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Chalmers led all scorers with 19 points as the Heat tied the series 1-1 with a 103-84 victory. In the sixth game of the series, on June 18, 2013, he scored 20 points to help the Heat secure a 103-100 win. He won his second championship on June 20, 2013, as the Heat defeated the Spurs to conclude an intense seven game series.

2013–14 season[edit]

During the season, Chalmers averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 assists in 73 games. He was often the target of berating from teammates LeBron, Wade and Bosh for his poor plays, often called the "little brother" of the Heat. On December 18, 2013 during a home game against the Indiana Pacers, he and LeBron got into a near-altercation after a heated argument during a timeout. LeBron later apologized.[27] The Heat and Chalmers advanced to the 2014 NBA Finals, which was their fourth straight Finals appearance. The Heat would again face the San Antonio Spurs. He would struggle throughout the series and was replaced in the starting lineup by Ray Allen in game 5. The Heat ended up losing the series in five games.

2014–15 season[edit]

On July 14, 2014, Chalmers re-signed with the Miami Heat.[28]


Chalmers is the founder of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, which supports athletic and educational programs for children and also helps fund programs for breast cancer research. During the summer of 2012, Micah Lancaster directed the Miracle Shot Mario Chalmers basketball camp in Salina, Kansas with Mario.[29]

In 2013, Chalmers established a travel team program for youth boys called Team Rio National. The 7th grade team is one of the top ranked teams in the nation and competes in the NYBL.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Chalmers was born to Ronnie and Almarie Chalmers. He has an older sister named Roneka, who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also has a son, named Zachiah A'mario Johnson, and a daughter named Queen Elizabeth.[31] Chalmers is the cousin of former Los Angeles Clippers guard and Xavier standout Lionel Chalmers, and former Minnesota Timberwolves guard Chris Smith.[7]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Chalmers won an NBA championship
* Denotes current season

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Miami 82 82 32.0 .420 .367 .767 2.8 4.9 2.0 .1 10.0
2009–10 Miami 73 22 24.8 .401 .318 .745 1.8 3.4 1.2 .2 7.1
2010–11 Miami 70 28 22.6 .399 .359 .871 2.1 2.5 1.1 .1 6.4
2011–12 Miami 64 64 28.5 .448 .388 .792 2.7 3.5 1.5 .2 9.8
2012–13 Miami 77 77 26.9 .429 .409 .795 2.2 3.5 1.5 .2 8.6
2013–14* Miami 73 73 29.8 .454 .385 .742 2.9 4.9 1.6 .2 9.8
Career 439 346 27.5 .427 .373 .775 2.4 3.8 1.5 .2 8.6


2009 Miami 7 7 33.0 .400 .286 .714 2.7 4.4 2.9 .1 7.3
2010 Miami 5 0 26.2 .450 .350 .846 1.8 2.6 .6 .0 10.8
2011 Miami 21 1 24.3 .435 .381 .719 1.9 2.1 1.3 .0 7.8
2012 Miami 23 23 35.6 .442 .359 .717 3.7 3.9 1.2 .3 11.3
2013 Miami 23 23 28.3 .415 .353 .755 2.3 3.1 .9 .0 9.4
2014 Miami 20 19 26.8 .423 .349 .760 2.3 3.6 1.0 .3 6.4
Career 99 73 29.1 .429 .357 .742 2.5 3.2 1.2 .2 8.8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chalmers Signs Deal with Heat". Lawrence Journal-World. July 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  2. ^ a b After 20-year drought, Kansas rallies to beat Memphis for NCAA title
  3. ^ a b Pete Thamel (2008-04-08). "Kansas erases late deficit to win title". 
  4. ^ Profile
  5. ^ Profile
  6. ^ "Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced", Big 12, March 10, 2008.
  7. ^ a b HEAT Acquire Draft Rights To Mario Chalmers
  8. ^ "Beasley fined $50,000 for involvement in Rookie Transition Program incident". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Fan IQ, 2008
  10. ^ Report: Arthur, Chalmers Sent Home from Rookie Camp
  11. ^ ESPN, 2008
  12. ^ Associated Press, "Chalmers, Arthur fined $20,000 after rookie symposium incident", September 4, 2008.
  13. ^ Chalmers 'earned' shot at 82 starts
  14. ^ Mario Chalmers Career Stats
  15. ^ ESPN "Chalmers gets team-record nine steals in win over Sixers", November 6, 2008.
  16. ^ "Heat's Chambers out indefinitely with thumb injury". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 31, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ Winderman, Ira (July 9, 2010). "LeBron James gets No. 6, Mario Chalmers to wear No. 15". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  18. ^ NBA (June 9, 2011). "Chalmers Insane Half-Court Heave". YouTube. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks box score". ESPN. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Miami Heat extend Mario Chalmers a qualifying offer – NBA – Sporting News". Associated Press. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  21. ^ Winderman, Ira. "Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers makes swift decision in NBA free agency – Sun Sentinel". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  22. ^ All grown up
  23. ^ "HEAT: Jones and Chalmers to Participate in NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout". Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Mario Chalmers Stats – Miami Heat – ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  25. ^ (2012). Mario Chalmers comes up big for Heat in Game 4. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  26. ^ Mario Chalmers goes on a 3-point spree for Heat.
  27. ^
  28. ^ HEAT Re-Signs Mario Chalmers
  29. ^ Mario V Chalmers Foundation – Kansas Camp
  30. ^ Is High-Flying 7th Grader Scottie Lewis the Next Big Thing?
  31. ^ Mario Chalmers has a daughter named Queen Elizabeth?

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