Chalmers with the Heat
|No. 15 – Miami Heat|
May 19, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Career highlights and awards|
Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers (born May 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the NBA. 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.
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.
High school 
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 was rated the #2 overall point guard in the 2005 recruiting class by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He considered Arizona, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech before finally committing to the University of Kansas on May 21, 2004.
Freshman year 
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 KU's Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award (co- with Julian Wright), and the Dutch Lonborg Free Throw Percentage Award (78.8%).
Sophomore year 
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, and was the Big 12 Tournament Most Valuable Player. His season total of 97 steals put him in first place in Kansas basketball history for steals in a single season.
Junior year 
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.
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. 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.
On February 16, 2013, the University of Kansas basketball program retired his number, #15.
NBA career 
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.
On September 3, 2008, Chalmers and fellow former Kansas Jayhawks teammate Darrell Arthur were excused from the NBA's rookie transition program for a marijuana-related incident. Police responding to their hotel room following a fire alarm at 2:00 a.m. claimed that the room smelled strongly of marijuana but none was found and no charges were filed. Fellow NBA rookie Michael Beasley was also reported to have been in the room at the time, but was not asked to leave camp. Beasley was later fined $50,000 for his involvement in the incident. Chalmers denied any connection with marijuana and was later fined $20,000 by the league for missing the rookie camp, but was not fined or suspended for any drug-related violations.
2008–09 season 
Chalmers started all 82 regular season games his rookie year and finished the season averaging 10.0 points, 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.95 steals on 32.0 minutes per game. 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.
2009–10 season 
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 has a torn ligament in his thumb. Chalmers returned from the injury a few weeks later, and played out the remainder of the season and the playoffs.
2010–11 season 
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, 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. In Game 6, the Heat fell to the Mavericks.
2011–12 season 
On June 15, 2011, the Heat extended a qualifying offer to Chalmers, making him a restricted free agent in the offseason. On December 9, 2011, Chalmers officially re-signed with the Heat on a 3 year, $12 million deal. He recorded 29 points in a triple-overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on January 5, 2012.
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. 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.
In Game 4 of the second round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Chalmers scored 25 points. In Game 5, he recorded 11 rebounds with 8 points.
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 
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.
Personal life 
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. Chalmers is the cousin of former Los Angeles Clippers guard and Xavier standout Lionel Chalmers, and former Minnesota Timberwolves guard Chris Smith. He has four tattoos: on his shoulders he has his grandmother's names and the day she was born and the day she died with a dollar in the middle because she would give all the children a dollar, the tattoo on the bottom of his wrist says "quickness" and "confidence", the two words his grandmother told him all the time. His left wrist bears his mother's name, and on his back he has a tattoo that says "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth".
NBA career statistics 
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|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|
Regular season 
See also 
- "Chalmers Signs Deal with Heat". Lawrence Journal-World. July 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- After 20-year drought, Kansas rallies to beat Memphis for NCAA title
- Pete Thamel (2008-04-08). "Kansas erases late deficit to win title". iht.com.
- Rivals.com Profile
- Scout.com Profile
- "Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced", Big 12, March 10, 2008.
- HEAT Acquire Draft Rights To Mario Chalmers
- Chris Broussard, Chalmers, Arthur caught with marijuana at rookie camp, September 3, 2008
- Fan IQ, 2008
- Report: Arthur, Chalmers Sent Home from Rookie Camp
- ESPN, 2008
- Associated Press, "Chalmers, Arthur fined $20,000 after rookie symposium incident", September 4, 2008.
- Chalmers 'earned' shot at 82 starts
- Mario Chalmers Career Stats
- ESPN "Chalmers gets team-record nine steals in win over Sixers", November 6, 2008.
- "Heat's Chambers out indefinitely with thumb injury". NBA.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01. Text "2010-01-31 " ignored (help)
- Winderman, Ira (July 9, 2010). "LeBron James gets No. 6, Mario Chalmers to wear No. 15". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
- NBA (June 9, 2011). "Chalmers Insane Half-Court Heave". YouTube. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
- "Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks box score". ESPN. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
- "Miami Heat extend Mario Chalmers a qualifying offer – NBA – Sporting News". Associated Press. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- Winderman, Ira. "Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers makes swift decision in NBA free agency – Sun Sentinel". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- All grown up
- "HEAT: Jones and Chalmers to Participate in NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout". Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Mario Chalmers Stats – Miami Heat – ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- SI.com (2012). Mario Chalmers comes up big for Heat in Game 4. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Mario Chalmers goes on a 3-point spree for Heat
- Mario V Chalmers Foundation – Kansas Camp
- Mario Chalmers has a daughter named Queen Elizabeth?
- HEAT: HEAT Player 2008: Mario Chalmers
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- KU player bio
- Lawrence Journal-World profile
- NBADraft.net profile
- DraftExpress profile