Lionel Chalmers

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Lionel Chalmers
Lionel Chalmers.jpg
Personal information
Born (1980-11-10) November 10, 1980 (age 38)
Albany, New York
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolAlbany (Albany, New York)
CollegeXavier (2000–2004)
NBA draft2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career2004–2015
PositionPoint guard
Career history
2004–2005Los Angeles Clippers
2005–2006AEK Athens
2006TAU Cerámica
2006–2007Dinamo Sassari
2007Basket CAI Zaragoza
2007–2008Benetton Treviso
2008–2009Universitet Yugra Surgut
2009–2010Enisey Krasnoyarsk
2010–2012Lokomotiv Kuban
2012–2013Aliağa Petkim
2013–2014Levski Sofia
2015Gediz Üniversitesi
Career highlights and awards
  • NBL champion (2014)

Lionel Chalmers, Jr. (born November 10, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player who last played for Gediz Üniversitesi of the Turkish Basketball First League. He is 6'0" (1.83 m) in height 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. He was inducted into the Xavier University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.[1]

Professional 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.[2] 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 to February 2006, when he then joined TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB.[3]

He played with the Phoenix Suns' summer league team during the summer of 2006,[4] 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.[5] In May 2007, he signed with the Spanish ACB club Basket CAI Zaragoza.[6]

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.[7] In 2012, he joined Aliağa Petkim of Turkey.[8] In October 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Levski Sofia.[9] With them he won the National Basketball League of Bulgaria.

In July 2014, he signed with Chalons-Reims of the French LNB Pro A.[10] On January 9, 2015, he parted ways with them.[11]


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.[12]


  1. ^ "Xavier Athletics 2015-16 Hall of Fame Class Announced" Xavier Athletics. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  2. ^ 'Sam I Am' to bring playoff experience to Clippers
  3. ^ HoopsHype - NBA Players - Lionel Chalmers.
  4. ^ Kerr takes shot today with Hill.
  5. ^ Tracy Graven (2006-12-07). "In Development, December 4–7, 2006". Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  6. ^ "Euro Basket - Spanish Basket". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
  7. ^ Lokomotiv Kuban signs Lionel Chalmers to a one-year contract
  8. ^ Lionel Chalmers. Eurobasket
  9. ^ "Lionel Chalmers signs with Levski Sofia". Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Lionel CHALMERS signe au CCRB" (in French). Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  11. ^ Lionel Chalmers, Chalons-Reims part ways
  12. ^ HEAT Acquire Draft Rights To Mario Chalmers

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