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Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers (born May 19, 1986 in Anchorage, Alaskamarker) is an Americanmarker 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 Kansasmarker in college for three seasons, including the 2007–08 national championship team, shooting the final shot of regulation to send the game against the Memphis Tigersmarker 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.

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.

High school

Chalmers attended Bartlett High Schoolmarker in Anchorage, Alaskamarker. 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.

College

Chalmers in college
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 KU 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. His 15 points against Bradleymarker in the NCAA tournament totaled four straight 15 point games. 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%).
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

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 Outstanding Player. 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

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 at 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' fifth national title. He was on the defensive first team in the NCAA.
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


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.

Personal life

Chalmers was born to Ronnie and Almarie Chalmers. He has an older sister named Roneka, who resides in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker. He also has a son, named Zachiah A'mario Johnson. 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, the one on top of his left wrist is his mother's name, on his back he has one that says "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth".

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2008–09
Miami
82 82 32.0 .420 .367 .767 2.8 4.9 2.0 .1 10.0
Career
82 82 32.0 .420 .367 .767 2.8 4.9 2.0 .1 10.0

Playoffs

2008–09
Miami
7 7 33.0 .400 .286 .714 2.7 4.4 2.9 .1 7.3
Career
7 7 33.0 .400 .286 .714 2.7 4.4 2.9 .1 7.3

References

  1. Player Bio: Mario Chalmers :: Men's Basketball
  2. After 20-year drought, Kansas rallies to beat Memphis for NCAA title
  3. Rivals.com Profile
  4. Scout.com Profile
  5. "Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced", Big 12, March 10, 2008.
  6. Chris Broussard, Chalmers, Arthur caught with marijuana at rookie camp, September 3, 2008
  7. Fan IQ, 2008
  8. Report: Arthur, Chalmers Sent Home from Rookie Camp
  9. ESPN, 2008
  10. Associated Press, "Chalmers, Arthur fined $20,000 after rookie symposium incident", September 4, 2008.
  11. Chalmers 'earned' shot at 82 starts
  12. Mario Chalmers Career Stats
  13. ESPN "Chalmers gets team-record nine steals in win over Sixers", November 6, 2008.
  14. HEAT Acquire Draft Rights To Mario Chalmers
  15. http://www.nba.com/heat/roster/HEAT_Player_2008_Mario_Chalmers-284873-36.html


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