Mario Chalmers

Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers ( born May 19, 1986 in Anchorage, Alaska, United States) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat in the NBA. The 1.85 meter tall Chalmers plays the position of point guard.


Chalmers was one of the most talented young basketball players in Alaska before he was admitted in 2004 from the University of Kansas Jayhawks in the local team. At KU, he established himself as a useful point scorer (12 points per game ) and very good defensive player who managed 2.5 steals per game and was twice elected to the All-Defensive Team his conference. In 2008, he led the Jayhawks to the NCAA college finals, where they met with the Memphis Tigers. With the final whistle Chalmers shot a three, the KU saved into overtime, where the Jayhawks eventually won. Chalmers was awarded the MVP ( Most Valuable Player ) of the final round.

In the NBA Draft of 2008 Chalmers was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves at 34th place, but immediately passed on to the Miami Heat. Then Chalmers caused a stir when he was together with his KU colleagues Darrell Arthur and " two women " found in a hotel room with " a strong odor of marijuana ." Both were sentenced to a payment of $ 20,000.

Chalmers made ​​in the Heat soon for more positive headlines. On the side of superstar guard Dwyane Wade, he started in all 82 regular season games, scoring an average of 10.0 points and 4.9 assists. In addition, he established himself with 160 steals ( 2.0 steals per game ) and third-best " thief " in the league. With the Heat managed Chalmers in the NBA playoffs 2009. According to the obligation of LeBron James and Chris Bosh before the season 2010/2011 Chalmers was one of the few players in the preseason portion of the personnel heavily modified squad of the Miami Heat. He reached the final of the team with the NBA championships 2010/2011, in which the Heat to the Dallas Mavericks in six games subject. Chalmers was able to record significant use of time in this series. Also 2011/2012 made ​​it the Heat to the finals again and this time were able to win the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. Thus Chalmers celebrated his first NBA title.

Private life

Chalmers is the son of Almarie and Ronnie Chalmers and has an older sister named Roneka. He is the father of a son.